Tony Z's Cavs-Raptors halftime thoughts

Tony Z's Cavs-Raptors halftime thoughts
  • The Cavaliers started slowly, watching the Raptors score the first seven points of the game, and then slowly turned on the jets, closing out the first quarter and opening the second with a 25-4 run.
  • LeBron insisted leading up to this series that they shouldn't be known as strictly a 3-point shooting team, despite the record numbers they've been putting up. The Raptors should have listened. Thirty-four of the Cavs' 66 first-half points came in the paint, and LeBron did all of his damage there, going 7-of-7 for 14 points.
  • Tyronn Lue continues to have the pulse of his team, and pushes all the right buttons. When the Raptors cut a 20-point Cavs lead to 12, Lue called timeout, and watched his team go on a 10-2 to pull away again.
  • Very cool of new UFC Heavyweight Champ Stipe Miocic to join me on Cleveland 19 News at 6, outside The Q. Also very cool of the crowd inside giving the champ a standing ovation during the first quarter.
  • I said going into Game One that the Raptors have a great backcourt and not much else, with their starting center Jonas Valanciunas out, and it's played out that way through one half. DeMar DeRozan has thrown down 16 points, but he's not getting a lot of help.
  • LeBron simply abused DeMarre Carroll in the first half, blowing by him with ease, including for a rim-rattling dunk and fired up reaction from James in the second quarter.
  • Scary moment for Iman Shumpert about 5 minutes into the second, as he dunked and came down awkwardly, his right leg bending backwards. Shump limped off, but returned to the game.

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