May 17, 2016

    Can Raptors take heat from well-rested Cavs?


    KYLE Lowry is relishing the prospect of taking on LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers after leading the Toronto Raptors into the Eastern Conference finals for the first time in franchise history on Sunday.

    Lowry scored 35 points as Toronto completed a 116-89 win over the Miami Heat to seal a 4-3 series victory - and set up a showdown with the Cavs later tonight.

    Toronto will start against Cleveland with the odds stacked against them, having battled through two marathon seven-game series to reach the conference finals.

    Cleveland, however, head into Game One well rested after back-to-back 4-0 sweeps in the previous rounds.

    Yet, Lowry said he is looking forward to pitting his wits against the in-form James and the likes of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.

    Raptors coach Dwane Casey said the challenge posed by Cleveland will be "another step for us" as his team chase the ultimate dream of an NBA Finals victory.

    "I think we've done everything we set out to do, but again, we're not done yet," he added.

    "This group is hungry and never say never.

    "I know one thing, our guys will compete."