The tough night time continued for Kyle Lowry after the Raptors’ 128-110 blowout loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday.
“I did not sleep the night time after,” the Toronto all-star guard mentioned forward of Game Saturday’s Game 3 of the Japanese Convention semifinal. “It was simply a type of video games the place you are simply sort of like ‘Man, what occurred?’ and also you attempt to determine it out.
“That is our job so we actually do care each time we step on this flooring. It means one thing to us,” he added. “The opposite night time after, I did not sleep. Only a powerful night time. Nevertheless it’s a brand new day. It is good outdoors. We have to come right here and do our job. We’re excited for the chance that we nonetheless have in hand. We have to exit and play basketball at a excessive degree.”
On the plus facet, Lowry mentioned he slept nice Friday night time. “As a result of I did not sleep the night time earlier than,” he mentioned with a smile. “[It] cancels out.”
Coach Dwane Casey hopes to see that sort of bounce-back Saturday night time because the Raptors look to dig themselves out of a 2-Zero gap at Quicken Loans Enviornment. He understands the cocktail of feelings his staff has gone by way of.
“They need to be pissed off, upset,” he mentioned prior to Saturday’s shootaround. “I inform them not to learn or hear or pay attention to [things]. However a month in the past, all people was crowning them and now all people’s burying us.
“We perceive that. They perceive that. That is sports activities, that is the enterprise we’re in. It hurts however the one approach you are able to do one thing about it’s come out right here and do it on the courtroom.”
The Raptors completed the common season as high seeds in the East with a 59-23 document, 9 video games forward of fourth-place Cleveland (50-32).
However the Cavaliers have received eight straight playoff video games towards the Raptors, courting again to the 2016 convention remaining.
Toronto someway misplaced the collection opener by one level in extra time in a sport that noticed the Cavs fail to register a lead in regulation time. LeBron James (43 factors) and Kevin Love (31 factors) placed on a present in Game 2, rolling over the Raptors in the second half en route to a 128-110 victory.
Bookmakers have Cleveland at round a 4.5-point favorite Saturday.
Requested how he slept after the Game 2 blowout, star guard DeMar DeRozan mentioned he by no means sleeps nicely.
“That is most likely a primary for [Lowry] nevertheless it’s each night time for me,” mentioned DeRozan.
“Proper after [the game], you simply attempt to overlook about it, attempt not to take into consideration as a result of it was a troublesome loss, it was embarrassing,” he added. “We did not need to exit like that, particularly on our dwelling flooring — drop two [games].”
Name for change
After Thursday’s loss, Lowry referred to as for a change in perspective.
“We need more effort, approach more effort,” he mentioned. “We have to play more durable, someway, a way.”
That will contain totally different personnel.
Requested how a lot although he had given to altering his lineup, Casey mentioned: “So much.”
Energy ahead Serge Ibaka was ineffective Thursday with simply two factors in 12 minutes.
Turnovers have been a key in the collection, with the Raptors outscored 34-8 in factors off 24 giveaways over the primary two video games. Cleveland had a complete of 9 turnovers, together with a franchise-low three in Game 2.
DeRozan referred to as for the Raptors to apply more strain, in a bid to drive more turnovers.
Game Four is Monday in Cleveland.