With Warriors on way, Raptors keep focus after routing Cavs
TORONTO -- The Toronto Raptors have quickly put their romp over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday behind them as they prepare to play the Golden State Warriors on Saturday.
As impressive as their 133-99 victory over the Cavaliers was, the Raptors spent Friday trying to put it into perspective.
"Like I said before the game (Thursday), winning the game or losing the game (against Cleveland) doesn't make your season or break your season," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said after practice Friday. "We still have work to do to get to where we want to go, and I know it sounds like coach speak, but it's true. Every night is a different animal that you've got to attack, and our job and our approach is to be consistent as much as possible each night."
The 133 points against Cleveland was the highest total scored by the Raptors in a non-overtime game in franchise history. The Raptors have scored 125 or more points a franchise-record nine times this season. Toronto ranks second in the NBA for games with at least 125 points, trailing only Golden State (13).
The Raptors will reach the midway point of their schedule Saturday with their 41st game, and their 29 wins are the most they have had half way through a season in franchise history.
The Warriors (34-9) will be making their only regular-season visit to the Air Canada Centre season Saturday and could be missing star guard Stephen Curry, who has a sprained right ankle.
Curry injured the ankle during the shootaround Wednesday and missed the loss that night to the Los Angeles Clippers and also did not play in the 108-94 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday. Curry is listed as questionable for Saturday.
Golden State got 26 points from Kevin Durant in winning its 11th straight on the road to go 18-3 away from home overall.
Curry also missed 11 games in December with a similar injury and was averaging 35.2 points per game in five games since returning.
"When Steph is on the floor, everything's chaotic in a good way," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after the game Friday. "When he's out, we have to execute better at both ends. When he was out last month, our whole focus was to be the best defensive team in the league and take care of the ball. That was the message tonight before the game and ultimately that's what happened."
The Raptors (29-11) could again be without guard Kyle Lowry, who missed the loss Tuesday to the Miami Heat and the win over Cleveland, with a bruised tailbone. Toronto forward Serge Ibaka will return from a one-game suspension, the result of an altercation against the Heat.
The Raptors are 15-2 at home.
Golden State defeated Toronto 117-112 on Oct. 25 at Oakland. The Raptors have not defeated the Warriors since March 2, 2014, at the ACC.
Casey said he sees improvement in his team.
"We're adjusting a little bit better offensively to be effective and efficient every night," he said. "We're getting there. Defensively, we're executing the things we want to do, whether it's switching, handling pick-and-rolls and just being efficient."
Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan said the attitude of the team is evolving.
"I think this time around you just understand patience more, where before you'd get excited off certain games like this or certain moments or a winning streak or all that," DeRozan said. "Nowadays, it's not about the moment, it's kind of about the process and the long run of it."
Updated January 13, 2018