Boston Celtics at Toronto Raptors - Wednesday April 5, 2018

Boston Celtics at Toronto Raptors - Wednesday April 5, 2018

Boston's 96-78 loss at Toronto was a game whose outcome was heavily influenced by one, 12-minute span - the second quarter - that absolutely engulfed whatever Boston did in the other three. That's what great teams do, what great coaches do, they adjust.

The Cleveland Cavaliers say they still don't quite know how good they can be or even who they really are heading into the postseason, because they have yet to play a game with a full group. That was when the Cavaliers unleashed their 21-4 push that gave them their largest lead of the half at 56-40 at the 3:33 mark.

LaMarcus Aldridge made 28 points for the Spurs, but the loss leaves them tied for fifth in the Western Conference, with three games remaining.

"We had to rely on our defense tonight", DeRozan said. The Sixers have won three straight without All-Star center Joel Embiid, who is recovering from surgery to fix a facial fracture and is slated to return for the playoffs.

"We didn't score the way we needed to score, but we played defense the way we needed to".

"Raptors pass test against league's best", one local headline had read a week earlier, after the home team had beaten the Houston Rockets to end their 17-game win streak. Boston's 4.8 turnover percentage was their biggest strength over Toronto, who had a rate of 14.3.

"It's not redemption, it's my job to come out here, be professional and be a leader", said Lowry. We have seen times where team chemistry looks to be low, we've seen times where James looks like he is slowing down, and we've even seen the Cavaliers fire a coach mid-season. George Hill is a much more skilled point guard then him at this point in his career, but it is nice to have a guy like that on the bench that can step up at any given time when his number is called.

Hither Green 'burglar' stabbing: Man, 78, arrested
As the team followed the vehicle, a man wearing a red hoodie exited the passenger side and began casing seemingly random cars. A struggle ensued between the homeowner and one of the men. "I was renovating the house and they broke in and took a laptop".

Toronto has been struggling as the playoffs creep closer and closer in their rearview mirror, but Burke believes they will be fine and is impressed that Masai Ujiri's desire for "culture change" actually came to fruition.

He was held to just five points and three assists by Cavaliers guard Jose Calderon on Tuesday. In that four-game span, he shot.318 on field goals. James put up a double-double in the victory with 35 points and 17 assists.

The Cavs made their first five 3-pointers - in less than four minutes - and opened a 16-point lead. Toronto outrebounded the Celtics 48-43.

The Raptors are healthy, but they have their own concerns.

James has averaged 29.8 points, 10.2 rebounds and 9.7 assists in 21 games since the All-Star break, recording seven triple-doubles and another nine double-doubles in that span. Toronto had won the previous meeting 133-99 as a 2.5-point home underdog back on January 11, so this is the rubber match between the teams before a potential matchup in the Eastern Conference Finals for the second time in three years.

The Cleveland side (48-30) now look in good stead ahead of the National Basketball Association playoffs with just four games remaining in what has been a mixed and testing regular season. "We're trying to do something special". Tuesday night was no exception as the Cavs outscored Toronto by 27 points with Calderon on the floor.

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