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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Raptors at Cavs

Quicken Loans Arena
Radio: WTAM-AM 1100, WMMS-FM 100.7, La Mega-FM 97.7
TV: Fox Sports Ohio

1. The Cavaliers won their eighth game in a row. For much of the game, I seriously doubted whether they were going to be able to get the job done. The Raptors are a legitimate team. They don't have the best record in the Eastern Conference by accident. They have talented players, athletic players. They can spread the floor and make shots. Coach Dwane Casey has them defending. They also have a rim protector. That adds up to a very strong team, one that gives the Cavs fits.

2. The Cavs have won 2 of 3 games against the Raptors this year. They have just one game remaining against Toronto, on March 4. 

3. The Cavs are 6-3 on the road. They just completed a 3-0 road trip. This next trip is going to be a tough one. It's a back-to-back set starting in Oklahoma City on Thursday and finishing in New Orleans on Friday. If they win both of those, it's time to tip your cap to the Cavs.

4. Toronto's backcourt is formidable, even with DeMar DeRozan sidelined with a groin injury. Kyle Lowry is a load. He ended with 16 points and a season-high 14 assists. Lou Williams comes off the bench and can score in bunches. Terrence Ross is a swingman and can just light it up from the perimeter. Lowry is one of the toughest point guards in the league. His dribble penetration causes all kinds of problems. He's also not afraid to venture into the paint to score. And, let's not forget his 3-point shooting. The entire package sometimes is a nightmare.

5. I might be raving about Matthew Dellavedova too much, but he plays so hard. He doesn't back down from anyone. He's a vital cog to the Cavs' machine. A lot of people around the league question whether he can get the job done on a regular basis for a championship-level  team. I guess we'll find out whether that's the case or not. All I know is he hustles, defends and distributes the ball. If he could shoot, he'd be a starter. He missed the previous 15 games with a sprained knee.

UP NEXT: at Oklahoma City, Quicken Loans Arena, 8 p.m. Thursday

SF LeBron James (6-8, 250) vs. Terrence Ross (6-7, 198)
PF Kevin Love (6-10, 243) vs. Amir Johnson (6-9, 249)
C Anderson Varejao (6-11, 267) vs. Jonas Valanciunas (7-0, 270)
SG Shawn Marion (6-7, 228) vs. Landry Fields (6-7, 206)
PG Kyrie Irving (6-3, 193) vs. Kyle Lowry (6-1, 204)
Cavs - G/F Mike Miller, C Alex Kirk
Raptors - G DeMar DeRozan, C Lucas Nogueira


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