According to Calderon, his success comes as a by-product of opposing defenses concerning themselves with preventing James from taking over games, especially the Raptors, who have lost to the Cavaliers in each of the last two postseason tournaments and surrendered an average of 29.3 points per game to James this year.
Jose Calderon scored 19 points and Kevin Love added 18 points for Cleveland, who won for the fourth straight and their ninth time in the past 10 games. However, before the win over the Raptors, James revealed that was not his plan. If Anunoby is unable to guard LeBron, Toronto is forced to used undersized options such as DeMar DeRozan to cover James.
The game should be a battle of strength against strength as the high-octane offense of Cleveland (fifth in the league with an offensive efficiency of 110.9) takes on the top-notch defense of Toronto (fifth in the National Basketball Association with a defensive efficiency of 104.4).
Olynyk scored 19 points, including 15 on five 3-pointers when Miami took the lead for good in the second period, and the Heat beat the Atlanta Hawks 115-86 on Wednesday night, capping a sweep of back-to-back games between Southeast Division rivals.
James Harden's 38 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists carried the Rockets past the Wizards, 120-104.
Reigning MVP Russell Westbrook had 44 points and 16 rebounds for the Thunder. The Raptors outscored the Celtics 54-34 on points in the paint. In assessing just what's ailed his group over its past eight games - in which it lost five, allowed 110 points or more in seven, and generally looked anything but a first-place team - Casey often identified the game's cerebral elements.
The Philadelphia 76ers extended their winning streak to 12 games with a 115-108 triumph over the Detroit Pistons. DeRozan finished with 32 points, 7 assists, 7 rebounds and 1 block with 2 turnovers in 36 minutes. Kyle Lowry only chipped in 13 but also had five rebounds and five assists. "He brings it every single night".
The Celtics fought hard Wednesday but suffered a 106-102 loss at the hands of the Bucks. Toronto wants home-court advantage all the way to the NBA Finals.
Calderon was slotted to get the start on Thursday but experienced hamstring soreness after shootaround will not play against the Wizards. Terry Rozier picked up only two points shooting only an FG% of 11.1% throughout the game.
The Magic coasted to a 97-73 rout of NY as Mario Hezonja dropped in 19 points and Jamel Artis added 16 off the bench. Each team has four to play, and Toronto holds the tiebreaker.
MarShon Brooks scored 25 points for the Grizzlies. "We got a great opportunity but we still got to go ahead, be professional, and finish games out", said all-star guard Kyle Lowry.
The Raptors average 48.5 points in the paint per game, which ranks sixth in the National Basketball Association.
Noel's ban is covering the final five games of the season for the lottery-bound Mavericks. "It was right from the beginning".
The Raptors insisted they were prepared for Boston's zone defence going in but, without their threes falling, breaking it turned out to be easier said than done. Blake Griffin is out with a right ankle injury and scheduled to be re-evaluated this week.
"I'm 100 times more settled than I was when I first got here", Hood said.