Equipped with a 2-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs, the Cleveland Cavaliers head back home for the Game 3 and will be trying to eliminate the top-seeded Toronto Raptors.
The Cavaliers needed seven games and a superstar LeBron James to scarcely get by the Indiana Pacers in the opening round of the playoffs. The Raptors have their best roster in franchise history and owned home-court advantage. However, Both ball clubs find themselves in a déjà vu after the Cavs’ 128-110 has completely torn the Raptors in Game 2.
The Cavaliers still need to steal a couple of more victories from the Raptors to move on to the Eastern Conference Finals. But before that, the Cleveland will try to take the dominating 3-0 lead in Saturday’s Game 3. The Raptors has lost eight consecutive playoff games to LeBron James-led Cavaliers.
The three-time NBA champion managed to contribute 43 points on 19-of-28 shooting to go along with 14 assists and eight rebounds in Cavaliers’ Game 2 victory. James hit a number of ferociously baffling fadeaway jump shots in the second half of the contest that made it look like he was playing against himself. The crowd breathed hard at every single one of those jump shots.
Kevin Love has finally joined the Cavaliers in the playoff clash against the Raptors. The Cavs made it a point to get Love involved in the playoffs as early and often as possible, and he responded by posting a total of 31 points and 11 rebounds.
On the other side of the Air Canada Centre, the Raptors played well, at least on the offense side, for a first half. The Raptors scored nearly 60 percent en route to 63 first-half points. Unluckily, the lead was only a couple of points and the second half has promptly turned into a massive disaster.
DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with 24 points on Game 2 of the series against the Cavs, but he’s now 0-of-9 from beyond the arc in this round and 0-of-13 over the last three contests. Kyle Lowry recorded 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting, but he only had three points in the second half of the matchup.
How to watch Cavaliers-Raptors Game 3
- Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018
- Start Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
- Venue: Quicken Loans Arena
- Location: Cleveland, Ohio
- TV Broadcast: ABC
- Live Stream: WatchESPN.com, WatchESPN app or FuboTV
Cavs-Raptors Series Schedule
- Game 1 in Toronto: Cavaliers 113, Raptors 112
- Game 2 in Toronto: Cavaliers 128, Raptors 110
- Game 3 in Cleveland: Saturday, May 5, 8:30 p.m. ET, ABC
- Game 4 in Cleveland: Monday, May 7, 8:30 p.m. ET, TNT
- *Game 5 in Toronto: Wednesday, May 9, TBD, TNT
- *Game 6 in Cleveland: Friday, May 11, TBD, ESPN
- *Game 7 in Toronto: Sunday, May 13, TBD
* – If necessary