Cavs vs. Raptors Preview

After losing their third straight game last night, the Cavs return home to take on the Toronto Raptors.  Cleveland (5-6) is looking to bounce back from the loss against the Wizards, and defense and turnovers are the areas of needed improvement. Toronto (10-2) is aiming to continue their success, after completing a 6-1 home-stand, beating Milwaukee 124-83 last night.

Cleveland averaged around 120 points during their win streak, but sank to 88 in this three game slump.  LeBron, scoring 22 points last night, was only 8-21 from the field and 4-7 at the free throw line. Love ended the night with only 8 points.

The Cavs as a whole shot 36% from the field last night- a number that will rarely beat even a mediocre team, and Toronto has the best record in the East. The Raptors have been holding opponents to under 20 points per quarter, and are 7-0 after leading for three quarters.

Cleveland needs to take charge early, and limit turnovers. Executing plays and shots are a must for a win tonight. Just like we saw last night, coming back from a large deficit will be challenging, and the Raptors will kick you when you’re down. Defense also needs to improve, cutting down the amount of opponents’ easy shots.

The Cavs need to go back to playing like they were during their win streak. Love needs to get more confident about his role on this new team.  As we have all said before, this team is still a work in progress, but they are in a slump. The Q will have to be rocking and pump up the team for this game, because the Raptors are on a roll.

Tonight’s game will be on Fox Sports Ohio, 7:30 ET.

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