LeBron says team 'on funk,' Cavs coach anxious about 'player agendas'

Cavs Road Woes Continue in Toronto   
   Raptors Take Lead Late in First Half Don't Look Back            Ron Turenne  NBAE  GettyImages

Cavs Road Woes Continue in Toronto Raptors Take Lead Late in First Half Don't Look Back Ron Turenne NBAE GettyImages

Whatever the description, the Cavs played so poorly against the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night at Air Canada Centre that James took over a huddle in the first half, gesturing emphatically to an assistant coach as his teammates watched.

Prior to the game, Thursday's contest against the Cleveland Cavaliers figured to be a hard one for the Toronto Raptors. Just got to find a way to get out of it. That they struggle and their stars fall apart under the pressure in the postseason, and the rest of the team can't pick it up when DeRozan and Lowry don't have it, while the stars will force their game and try to simply play through the defenses created to stop them. Toronto ranks second in the National Basketball Association for games with at least 125 points, trailing only Golden State (13).

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Stephenson played well against the Cavs.

Still, no proud franchise or player is going to be okay with being blown out on a nightly basis.

There's no line yet due to Curry and Lowry being questionable with injuries.

If the Raptors' rout of the rival Cleveland Cavaliers was a clash of styles, then their game Saturday against the visiting Golden State Warriors will be more like the students taking on the masters. He missed a 3-point attempt for the win at the buzzer.

"Completely different, completely different dynamic of the game", said DeRozan on Friday when comparing the Cavaliers and Warriors. We have to make guys better. "That was the message tonight before the game and ultimately that's what happened". The Timberwolves shot 56.7 percent (38 of 67) over the final three quarters to come from behind and win their fourth straight game and 11th of 14 overall. Toronto forward Serge Ibaka will return from a one-game suspension, the result of an altercation against the Heat.

Golden State defeated Toronto 117-112 on October 25 at Oakland. Paskal Siakam, Jakob Poeltl, and Norman Powell all played very well, which definitely made it easier for the Raptors to blow their opponents out.

Perhaps, LeBron James' ball-handling and Lue's handling of Tristan Thompson's and Channing Frye's playing time would be the right place to start.

The Raptors, who had seven players in double-figures, jumped out to a 65-40 half-time lead and never looked back.

Asked by The Buffalo News' Jerry Sullivan about the Cavs' three recent poor defensive showings, James said, "If we put you in the lineup, we'd probably give up even more, because you look like you couldn't guard anybody". "Nowadays, it's not about the moment, it's kind of about the process and the long run of it".

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