Not a whole lot went right for the Toronto Raptors in game two. Kyle Lowry continued his struggles from the field as he went 4-14 for his 10 points.
The Raptors point guard became so frustrated during the course of the game that he had to go take a walk through the Quicken Loans Arena to gather his thoughts. If he and the Raptors don’t get it together soon, they might find themselves in too deep a hole to crawl out of.
On his trip to the locker room in the first half, Lowry said: “[It was] Just to kind of decompress, get back there, kind of relax my body and relax my mind and knowing that we had a chance to kind of make some things, and I wanted to get myself going and get my teammates going.”
Toronto put up a better fight during this contest but near the end of the second quarter, the scene had started to look a lot like game one. The bench played better as a whole, especially Terrence Ross, but that was not nearly enough.
Casey took notice of Ross’ play: “We need that other wild card, and T-Ross was doing an excellent job, again, and we’ve got to be smarter.” Much like the Atlanta Hawks, the Raptors will have to be sharp to get a game from the Cavaliers, then we can get to the task of winning this series.
Much like the Detroit Pistons and the Atlanta Hawks, the Raptors will have to be sharp to get a game from the Cavaliers, then they can get to the mammoth task of attempting to win this series.
There is hope for Toronto though. Lowry is confident that he can return to form in game three. He said: “I missed countless threes that I thought were good and that I made last series. That’s why I’m not down on myself. I’m not like down - I’m really like, listen, we’ve got a game on Saturday, and I know I’m going to be much more effective on Saturday.”
There is another silver lining for the Raptors in Jonas Valanciunas, who has not suited up for the first two games. The Lithuanian has been sorely missed for Toronto as DeMar DeRozan struggles to shoot from the field as well, the guard went 8-18 in game two.
Casey does not know if the big man will be ready for game three. Toronto will have to hope so, because if they drop game three, it will be all but impossible to stop Cleveland. The Raptors will have to hope they can get it right at home. Even with two wins, their chances would be slim to none.