Many are wondering, what's wrong with the defending Eastern Conference champions?
And hope is a big thing for a fanbase and a team that was expected to struggle to win games this season.
The slumping Cleveland Cavaliers suffered a crushing 133-99 defeat to the Toronto Raptors as LeBron James was left less than impressed. So what are the Raptors keys to the game ahead of this marquee matchup?
Cleveland Cavaliers Cedi Osman dunks during the first half of Friday's game against the Indiana Pacers. ASSOCIATED PRESS
Fred VanVleet scored a career-high 22 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and a season-high 18 rebounds and the Raptors overcame the absences of two starters.
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Cleveland has a respectable 26-15 straight up (SU) record, but they have a hard time covering the spread (12-27-1 against the spread (ATS)). They didn't. They fought and won an important game that may have a huge impact on seeding during playoff time. James knows the process of bringing aboard an All-Star player like Isaiah Thomas following seven months of rehabbing, and he understands the chemistry needed to rejuvenate the team following the departure of Kyrie Irving.
Lowry missed his second straight game after he was injured in a heavy fall in overtime of Monday's win at Brooklyn. The injury looked horrific, and he was carried off the floor. Toronto forward Serge Ibaka will return from a one-game suspension, the result of an altercation against the Heat. That is if Lowry is indeed unable to play.
James also shed some light on the intense conversation he had with his teammates following a slew of defensive breakdowns in the second quarter. He's seen standing in the middle of the huddle, remonstrating with Lue while luminaries like Kevin Love and Dwyane Wade look on.More news: Pretium Resources Inc. (PVG) In State to Counters Short-Term Obligation
"We were missing Myles and we're definitely a much better team when we have everybody in uniform", McMillan said.
Chris Paul finished with a 25-point haul as the Houston Rockets beat the Phoenix Suns 112-95.
A player like DeAndre Jordan can help solve their defensive woes with his interior defense and presence on the boards, but ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski has reported that the Cavaliers are still reluctant to include the Brooklyn Nets' 2018 first-round pick in trade talks with the Los Angeles Clippers regarding the center. The former USC Trojan is going to have to run most of the offense to be able to score enough to keep up with the Cavs high-octane offense.More news: Everything President Trump has tweeted (and what it was about)
James was understandably frustrated, and he was caught on cameras in the first half of the game lashing out at his team-mates and assistant coach Phil Handy, after Pascal Siakam dunked with little resistance. I have Cleveland winning by double figures.