Mark Sanchez Authentic Jersey It’s not hard to see LeBron’s performance against the Raptors through two games as an attempt to refute Pop’s claim. (Popovich and LeBron are a sort of mutual admiration society, and there is a feeling LeBron will return to Team USA basketball solely to play under Pop in the 2020 Olympics.) LeBron followed up a big Game 1 with a dominant 39 points on 10-of-14 shooting with six rebounds, four assists, three steals, and two blocks in another blowout in Game 2 Wednesday.
Elite Womens J.T. Brown Jersey But here’s the thing: Kawhi is really in this conversation. After LeBron wrapped up, Kawhi went out in a must-win and dropped 34 points on 13-of-16 shooting (like, WHAT?) with eight assists, seven rebounds, three steals, and a block. And he shut down Harden (3 for 17 from the floor) in the process.
We’ll see Durant and Curry back in action Thursday, which will remind us that this isn’t just a two-person battle for individual supremacy. But lord did it feel that way for five hours on Wednesday. LeBron vs. Kawhi III is a Finals series we need almost as much as we need Cavaliers vs. Warriors III.
How bad was it? Toronto only hit the 30-point mark before halftime on a buzzer-beating prayer from Delon Wright. The Raptors had just 46 points (and 32-point deficit) after three quarters. In fact, had Milwaukee not scored the entire fourth quarter, Toronto still would have lost by a point!
This was Toronto’s second game in three this series in which they failed to score 85 points. Milwaukee has a decent, long defense, but the Raptors have now shot under 40 percent from the field and under 30 percent from long range twice in this series. Toronto was No. 6 overall in offense this season, and No. 2 in the East. This should not be happening.
As I wrote earlier this week, if Toronto fails like this, Kyle Lowry might not be back. Dwane Casey might not be back. Team president Masai Ujiri might completely remake the team. You can’t go out like this and expect another chance. The Raptors are getting embarrassed out there.