"And if guys have agendas, we've got to get rid of those agendas and play the right way".
The victory gives Toronto (29-11) its best 40-game start in franchise history.
The TNT crew was there, along with a larger-than-usual throng of media - from both sides of the border.
Don't criticize LeBron James for caring.
"We've all got to be accountable for actions, accountable for how we play, how hard we play, what we're doing for one another", he told reporters after the game. 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.
The Cavs always seem to snap out of it and come together in time for the postseason.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are now 26-15 and sit in third place in the Eastern Conference standings. The Raptors had more offensive rebounds (18 vs. nine), defensive rebounds (45 vs. 26) and total rebounds (63 vs. 35). Things can - and likely will - change by the end of the season.almost one month ago, the Cavs were capping their best stretch of basketball, winning their 18th game in 19 tries. After looking primed to take the league by storm collecting 18 out of 19 wins in late November and early December, Tyronn Lue the Cavs have since fallen off with their attempts to successfully integrate Isaiah Thomas into the starting lineup. Valanciunas had a roll-to-the-rack bucket by that left Kevin Love stuck in his tracks, and the Lithuanian big man had a double-double before half-time.
Poetl ended the game with 12 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks in 25.32 of play. Pascal Siakam finished with 16 markers as well. The Raptors, this is a scary Raptors team.
Victor Oladipo and Thaddeus Young led the Pacers with 10 points apiece in the half, while Jefferson chipped in eight in just six minutes, but also accumulated three fouls.
"Retirement for me is like getting engaged".
The defeat comes on the heels of one of the worst performances of LeBron's career, a 127-99 beatdown at the hands of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Cleveland has shown little concern for playoff seeding in recent years, but turned up the heat in the post-season.
"We've got to be better", Lue said, per ESPN.
The four-time MVP and three-time champion said he's already exceeded his expectations for himself as a professional basketball player. It's things we can fix, that's the good thing about it, we just have to do it and we have to do it now.
"The way Golden State moves the ball, I mean, Cleveland moves the ball well but Golden State is different", said DeRozan. "We still have work to do as far as moving the ball and making that part of our personality every night".