And it's time to pay up.
Cleveland star LeBron James finished with 39 points as the Cavaliers beat Toronto Raptors 125-103, and take a 2-0 lead in their National Basketball Association play-off series.
Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry's availability Friday for Game 3 in Toronto against the Cavaliers will be a game-time decision, ESPN.com reported. DeMar DeRozan will take it to pay someone to stop LeBron James.
Shumpert, who had 14 points in Game 2, marveled at James' durability and endurance.
He scored 17 points in the third quarter, after which the Cavs led 99-73.
"See how I feel, see how the ankle feels and go from there", said Lowry. "If I didn't see it, I would have drove it and if I didn't have the drive, I would have gave it up and let one of my teammates attack". "And, I put a lot of work in on my craft and I live with the results".
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A rattled DeMar DeRozan, another sizzling three-point shooting night for Cleveland , and a sprained ankle for Lowry. Winning championships in the 80s and things of that nature and how many points he's put up.
"I have to be able to go out there and play, play defense, run up and down, make cuts", Lowry said.
James also joined Ray Allen, Reggie Miller and Manu Ginobili to become the fourth player in league history to make 300 playoff three-pointers in a career. He left briefly, then returned for eight minutes before being removed for the rest of the game, having scored 20 points. That record won't fall this year-Jordan recorded 109 of them, and James doesn't even have that many playoff games left-but he should take sole possession of second place, well, following Game 3.
Even more impressive, the 32-year-old is shooting.566 from the field (73-for-129), including.484 on 3-pointers (15-for-31).
LeBron James shooting during the Cleveland Cavaliers' 125-103 victory against the Toronto Raptors in Game Two of the Eastern Conference semi-final.
Jonas Valanciunas was supposed to be an advantage for the Raptors this series since the Cavs front court is considered to be "thin".
Raptors coach Dwane Casey said his players should use James's behaviour as motivation.
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DeRozan will nearly certainly be better in Game 3 after going just two-of-11 from the field and scoring five points in Game 2.
His five-point night on 2-of-11 shooting was terrible, not just for the results but for the lack of impact he had on the game.
"It sucks. To lose like we did". You never thought it would come true, but I worked hard and Im here and Im just blessed.. "It's frustrating", DeRozan said. The Raptors shot 47 per cent from the field and just 29 per cent from three-point range in Game 2; the Cavs shot 55 per cent from each.
Game 3 is Friday night at Torontos Air Canada Centre, where the Raptors will have the crowd on their side. The team that that was largely expected to be able to flip a switch in the post-season and start playing like the team that won the title previous year has gone ahead and flipped the switch. Of all the players on our team, he's won a championship (with San Antonio).
"I told them this morning, it's about the 15 men in this room", Casey said. "And we're a different team". "The way they go the way we go".
But confidence is going to be tough to find in high levels among the Raptors.
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NOTES: Cavs F LeBron James is not happy with a local brewer using his likeness to promote its beer. James has played in 205 playoff games over 14 seasons.