LeBron James, Cavs routed again as Raptors romp 133-99

LeBron James reveals what could draw him to an early retirement

"I'd be going to games either way", Peebles said.

LeBron James' comments at the shootaround Thursday morning about the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers ended up being prescient when it came to the beatdown in store for his team from the Toronto Raptors later that night.

"We have enough talent here to get over that hump and make a lot of good things happen", Love said.

"One of our advantages is our youth and our speed and our fresh legs. This being my fourth year here, we will get out of it and we will get better".

Toronto lost to Golden State 117-112 in Oakland, Calif., on October 25, just the fourth game of the season for the Raptors.

"Like I said before the game (Thursday), winning the game or losing the game (against Cleveland) doesn't make your season or break your season", Raptors coach Dwane Casey said after practice Friday. "My job is to shoot threes".

Lowry was out with a bruised tailbone.

It would be easy-too easy, maybe-to view the Cleveland Cavaliers' blowout loss to the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre on Thursday night as a change in ruling dynasties in the Eastern Conference.

May 17, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas (4) puts up a shot while guarded by Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) and guard Kyrie Irving (2).

That DeRozan had the lowest point total of those six players was the flawless example of how Toronto hopes to transform itself into a potent post-season threat. Thomas went 0-for-11 with several attempts blocked before ending the drought with 7:22 left in the third quarter. The pair were a combined 2-of-20 shooting with Smith being held scoreless. On average they've won 64.6 games and the lowest number they've won in a full 82-game season is 58. Somehow you can lead the team in points and have a quiet night of sorts, but that's how Collison's season has been.

"We all have to be accountable for our actions, accountable for how well we play, how we play, how hard we play, and what we are doing for one another", said James about his outburst. "You just can't play regular defense on him, you have to get into him". Toronto's 133 points were the most by any Cleveland opponent this season, and marked the third straight game that Cleveland has allowed at least 127.

"We've got to be better", Cavaliers Tyronn Lue was quoted on Friday by the ESPN as saying. At the same time, because he's done that consistently this year, those teammates knew that trust was going to be there, and were ready and capable because of that.

Without fellow all-star Lowry in the backcourt with him, DeRozan drew double and sometimes triple teams all night. With the 29th ranked defense, if Cleveland is not hitting from beyond the arc things tend to go poorly. What DeMar DeRozan has done this season is really remarkable, it's not often in this league that this far into the career of someone who has built his game on being a one-dimensional scorer that he adds an entirely new dimension.

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