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That's usually a combination that equates to postseason success.In terms of point differential, the Cavs are 11th while Toronto ranks second, trailing the Golden State Warriors.Despite the Cavs' awful stretch, ranking as the league's worst defense in the three games since Isaiah Thomas - who was supposed to lift the team to new heights - in the starting lineup, the Cavs don't seem too concerned. It's the first time IN has beaten Cleveland three times IN a season since 2013-14.

Among those was the Raptors' first meeting with the Warriors at Oracle Arena in the fourth game of the regular season as the Raptors led by five with 1:37 left only to watch Curry score a layup and then Durant and Curry bomb threes all in the space of 56 seconds to put the Raptors to sleep. The Celtics, they're looking like the number one seed.

With only two losses at the Air Canada Centre this season, the Raptors are establishing a dominance that can make them a risky team if they can secure home court advantage.

The Pacers' Lance Stephenson faced Cavs star LeBron James again on Friday night, and Stephenson was back to annoying the heck out of James in Indiana's 97-95 win over Cleveland.

Following a film session on Wednesday, when Lue highlighted all the poor possessions the Cavs had against the Wolves when they simply didn't play hard enough to give themselves a chance, Cleveland appeared to be a loose group heading into the night.

In his first three games as a Cavaliers, Isaiah Thomas has averaged 15.0 points and 3.3 assists in less than 20 minutes per game (19.7) as he continues the slow grind back to full strength. He has a steady grip on the offence and DeMar DeRozan looked for him often (because DeRozan was being double and triple-teamed all evening) and VanVleet made the Cavaliers pay repeatedly. It was lethal against a Cleveland team that prefers to set up plays in the halfcourt.

"You're talking about people instead of computers or statistics, you're talking about feelings, a guy maybe had a long day or whatever", said Casey. I didn't know if I was ready or not.

The Cleveland Cavaliers coming off their worst defensive performance of the year having lost by 28 to Minnesota is normally not a team you want to face.

There's no question that something needs to change with this team.

That said, the narratives aren't completely wrong, the Raptors do need to showcase this in the playoffs.

"The biggest thing that I see we're not doing, we're not playing for each other right now, offensively and defensively", IT said.

With about half the National Basketball Association season completed, there is a game between two elite opponents in the Eastern Conference. Just because LeBron hasn't been beaten before the NBA Finals doesn't mean he can't be, it'll just require a different type of Raptors team to do so.

The task of the Raptors isn't to evolve who they are anymore, they've done that part. We've been here before, only for the Cavs to turn things around. The game will let you know when it's over with.

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