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National Basketball Association capsules: LeBron James, Cavs routed again as Raptors romp 133-99

National Basketball Association capsules: LeBron James, Cavs routed again as Raptors romp 133-99

LeBron James isn't thinking about retirement.

Asked about the team's defense by a reporter, LeBron James snapped saying the reporter didn't look like he could play defense, either. "But until we play better defensively, I think offensively sharing the basketball, everyone on the same page - and if guys have agendas, we've got to get rid of our agendas and play the right way".

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. "We were playing good ball".

They're now 6.5 games behind Boston and third place in the East behind the Celtics and the Toronto Raptors. So what are the Raptors keys to the game ahead of this marquee matchup?

While America loves a good Petty War, they may have to look elsewhere for a battle this time.

There was Toronto's fast 10-4 run.

In addition to Thompson, Cleveland holds two first-round picks that could be used in a big deal before the February 8 trade deadline - their own choice and the coveted Brooklyn pick acquired in the Kyrie Irving trade - and would be interested in landing Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, according to Charania. Jakob Poeltl tallied 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Raptors. Jakob Poeltl had a rough outing on Tuesday against Bam Adebayo, Pascal Siakam's scoring touch had been missing for a while, and Norman Powell had looked out of place in nearly any role he was asked to perform. 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. At this point? Three and a half, four years into this thing?

"Retirement for me is like getting engaged".

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The second half was more of the same - the Raptors ruling every statistical category.

On Monday, they were blown out 127-99 by the Minnesota Timberwolves in their most embarrassing showing of the year. Things appear to be coming to a crescendo at the moment and, in short, the team was a complete mess in two consecutive games, losing to the Wolves by 28 points and the Raptors by a staggering 34-point margin. Cleveland has shown little concern for playoff seeding in recent years, but turned up the heat in the post-season.

"But I always say, games like this, you want these games", said DeRozan.

Like they have done all season, the youth of the Raptors came ready to play and it was a collective dominance.

James said he'll trust his gut when it's time to move on.

In the end, the Raptors shot 50 percent and out-rebounded the Cavs by an astounding 63-35.

Cleveland combines high volume and accuracy from beyond the arc.

"We in a funk", James said, per RealGM. We're still a work in progress.

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