Kyle Lowry says he's 'doubtful' to play Game 4 against Cavs

DeMar DeRozan made good on his promise to bounce back with a big game.

Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry considers himself "doubtful" for Sunday's Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The morning after one of the worst losses of his National Basketball Association career, DeMar DeRozan couldn't wait to face Cleveland again.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives to the basket past Toronto Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas (17) Raptors forward PJ Tucker (2) and Raptors guard Cory Joseph (6) during the first half of game three of an NBA playoff series basketball game in Toronto on Friday, May 5, 2017.

LeBron James scored 35 points, Kevin Love had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Toronto Raptors 115-94 on Friday night and take a 3-0 lead in their second-round playoff series.

Moments after the loss, a downcast DeRozan addressed the frustration of a post-season gone wrong.

"That's what we do", said Tyronn Lue, the Cavaliers coach. "Tonight, we did that once again". Sorry Raptors fans, if you're reading this, it's too late. "At the end of the day, we're all human, everybody see things and may get text messages, whatever comes with it, it's part of the game. Especially playing without Kyle".

Norman Powell scored 13 points and Serge Ibaka had 12 for the Raptors, who shot a dismal 2 for 18 from 3-point range.

The loss of Lowry was a huge blow to Toronto.

"They are the defending champs and that is what they are looking like", Lowry said.

DeRozan didn't know he'd be missing his backcourt mate until right before team introductions.

"Some of them are actually pretty good and some of them are like I've seen them before, seen it since high school", he said.

"We take our butt whupping and head home", said Raptors coach Dwane Casey. "He wanted to. The trainers told him he shouldn't try to go, because he was in so much pain". "He just couldn't go".

DeMar DeRozan tried putting the team on his back, rumbling for 37 points two days after settling for a career playoff-low five.

For three quarters, the Toronto Raptors kept things from getting out of control. James scored 13 points in the fourth quarter.

DeRozan truly proved his worth when he was on the bench to start the fourth. "It's tough to win a game when you only make two 3-pointers".

Did he need the breather?

"I'm very blessed and I'm taking advantage of the opportunity I've been given", James said. "At this point in time there's no need for a rest". DeRozan didn't score his first field goal until the fourth quarter of Game 2 on May 3 at The Q. "But the alternative is however many steps back in the hopes that on the rebuild you're going to get lottery luck and you're going to draft in a year where a great player's available, and five years from now, you're going to be a great outfit". The two Canadian musicians met on the court at halftime for a warm embrace.

He shot 12-of-20 from the field, a much better performance than the four points he scored in Houston's one-sided win in Game 1.

Kyle Lowry has probably played his last game of the season. "They understand you have to have some pride not to get swept even though (the Cavs) have already been crowned so-called Eastern Conference champions". "I know he wasn't able to finish the game". It's about the fight, the scratch, the want to, to grind it out.

In the Game 2 win, the Cavaliers stole nine passes, forced 13 turnovers and blocked four shots. He entered play averaging 32.7 points in playoff games that follow a game in which he was held under 10 points.

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