All-Stars LeBron James and Zydrunas Ilgauskas combined to go 8-for-39 from the field Friday as the Cavaliers made a season-low 31.9 percent of their shots en route to a 93-81 home loss to Philadelphia.
“We cannot win unless those two shoot well,” coach Paul Silas said after the Cavaliers’ second straight loss.
“We just couldn’t make shots. “Anytime you shoot 31 percent from the field, it’s difficult to beat anybody.”
Cleveland, which hasn’t won away from Gund Arena since a 105-87 victory at Golden State on Jan. 22, held a players-only meeting after Friday’s defeat.
“We had a chance to talk,” Cleveland center Robert Traylor said. “We feel like there’s some things as players that we all can do to get back on track.
“We have to get ready for the stretch run. With only 19 games left, this is the biggest part of the season for us. We have to find ways to win some basketball games. We have to step up and start playing some playoff basketball.”
Toronto is coming off a 103-92 loss at Detroit on Friday.
Donyell Marshall had 25 points and 12 rebounds for the Raptors, who were without leading rebounder Chris Bosh due to a bruised lower back suffered in Wednesday’s one-point loss at Boston. Bosh practiced Saturday, and has been cleared to play against the Cavs.
”(The back) is sore and stiff, but there’s no other major damage,” Bosh said. “It’s like a bruise. There was a lot of pain, but you know, that was temporary. I think it looked worse than what it really is.”
The Raptors have lost six of nine games in March after closing February with three straight victories.