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Cavaliers coach Mike Brown will not be singing the praises of his team's defense against the Toronto Raptors. The Cavaliers lost to the Raptors back on October 28th, 101-91. In that game, the Cavs found themselves down 18 at halftime after giving up 57 first half points to the Raptors. Tuesday night's game seemed headed in the same direction as the Cavs gave up 60 first half points to the Raptors and only found themselves up 2 points; however, the Cavs got big performances from their Big 3 (Shaq, Bron and Mo) and outlasted the Raptors offense for the 108 to 100 victory.
Playing Their Style- One of the great things about the 2009-2010 Cavs roster is that they have the players to play any style of basketball; however, the ability to play any style is also one of Cleveland's downfalls. In some games this year, Cleveland has gotten too caught up in trying to win by playing another team's style and failed to put their defensive stamp on some games. Tonight was one of those games. Cleveland was running with the Raptors, taking quick shots, and failing to get their defense setup. The Cavaliers allowed the normally outside-oriented Raptors a clear path to the rim and could not handle Toronto's rookie DeMar DeRozan early. DeRozan had 10 1st quarter points and 6 of his points came off layups. Cleveland gave up 24 points in the paint in the 1st half to a team that prefers to shoot jumpers.