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Raptors’ Dwane Casey said Serge Ibaka might guard LeBron James

Ibaka defends James

Thanks in large part to another solid outing from LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers managed to squeak by with a 113-112 overtime victory in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Semifinals matchup against the Toronto Raptors. Now, with Game 2 at the proverbial door and adjustments needing to be made, Raptors head coach Dwayne Casey might call on Serge Ibaka in an attempt to slow the King down, according to a report from Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com.

James logged a whopping 47 minutes in Tuesday game, scoring 26 points on 12-30 shooting from the field (1-8 from beyond the arc), 13 assists, 11 rebounds, two steals and one block.

James had a bit of help from several of his teammates in Game 1, including Kyle Korver, Jeff Green and Tristan Thompson.

Korver scored 19 points on 7-17 shooting (5-12 from downtown), including a go-ahead three-pointer in overtime after Cleveland never led in regulation. Thompson scored 14 points and 12 rebounds. Green finished with 16 points on 4-4 shooting and went 7-8 from the charity stripe.

“My teammates were unbelievable tonight,” James told ESPN after Tuesday’s win. “They stepped up when I wasn’t at my best.”

Following Thursday morning’s shootaround in Toronto, Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue noted that Kevin Love, who scored just seven points in Game 1 but brought down 13 rebounds, will remain at the center position for Game 2, which means he’ll be matched up against Raptors big man Jonas Valanciunas.

As you might expect, a Love vs. Valanciunas matchup can go one of two ways. Obviously, Jonas, who recorded 21 points and 21 huge rebounds in Game 1, has a size advantage, which makes him formidable in the paint. However, Love’s ability to knock down three-point shots can pull Valanciunas out of his preferred zone, leaving the interior open at times. Let’s see how that matchup plays out going forward.

Game 2 is set to tip inside the Air Canada Centre at 6:00 p.m. EST with ESPN having live broadcast coverage.

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