Raptors plan ‘physical’ Game 3 in response to LeBron James’ antics
LeBron James has dominated the first two games of the second-round series between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors. And it appears the confidence James has exuded in the series is rubbing some on the Raptors the wrong way.
James has averaged 37 points and is shooting 62.6 percent from the field to lead the Cavs to a 2-0 series lead. It seems, though, that James’ antics are drawing the Raptors’ ire as much as his tremendous productivity.
Everything got started in Game 1 when James acted like he was going to take a pull off a bottle of beer with the Cavaliers in control.
LeBron James grabs a beer… pic.twitter.com/gKVBk5saXt
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) May 2, 2017
And then in Game 2, an overconfident James spun the ball in his hands before sinking a 3-pointer.
LeBron spinning the ball right in front of Ibaka and burying the three…the disrespect pic.twitter.com/piVkO1PMJQ
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) May 4, 2017
It’s almost as if James is toying with the Raptors, and that’s something Dwayne Casey says should make his players angry. Not only that, the Raptors head coach says the best way to respond to James’ antics is to set a physical tone in Game 3 Friday night at Air Canada Centre.
“That, too,” Casey said, Casey said of James’ swagger, hinting that he feels it’s taunting, via Cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon. “The word dominant, that play, coming off and having a beer on the sideline, all those things should get you upset to make it a physical contest.”
Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, a game-time decision for Friday’s contest due to an ankle sprain, admitted he was upset with James’ ball-spinning, but not because he thought it was taunting.
“I was pretty upset, not that he did it,” Lowry said. “He should spin the ball, he’s comfortable, we can’t let him be comfortable,” Lowry said. “We have to make him uncomfortable.”
Turning Game 3 into a “physical contest” may go a long way in helping accomplish just that. Then again, given the zone James has been in throughout the postseason, that plan of attack could backfire as well.