Well, folks, here we are for Game 4. Despite the dismal three-point shooting, missed free throws, Kemba Walker’s brilliance (and his apparent inability to miss. WATCH FREE
the Raptors’ sometimes stagnant half-court offense and Pascal Siakam’s well-documented struggles — despite all that, here we are. It’s two games to one.
At this point, you or someone you follow on Twitter have probably noticed the similarities between this series and last year’s battle between the Raptors and Bucks.
Both times the Raptors fell down 2-0, then squeezed out a gruelling, back-and-forth victory in Game 3 so intensely scream-inducing that my dog is now afraid of me.
The road back now, which requires winning four out of five games, is perhaps more daunting this time around.
There’s no Kawhi Leonard, as you have also probably noticed, and there’s no raucous Toronto crowd to cheer on the squad and shame the referees. But this year’s team has something that last year’s didn’t: the knowledge that it can be done because, well, they’ve done it. (And also Matt Thomas.
Game 3 was an emotional rollercoaster which, by the power of OG Anunoby, ended with elation. But the Raptors can’t celebrate for long — nor will they. As Kyle Lowry put it post-game, “Great emotional moment right there, but that’s over. Now we have to focus on the next game.”
Game 4 may not have quite the same “must-win” feel that Game 3 did, but make no mistake: the stakes are as high as ever. Anunoby’s game-winning shot gave the Raptors new life, but now they have to capitalize. Here’s what you need to know about tonight’s game.
Where to Watch:
Toronto – Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol
Boston – Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Daniel Theis
Injuries:Toronto – Patrick McCaw (knee – OUT), Oshae Brissett (knee – OUT)
Boston – Gordon Hayward (ankle – OUT), Javonte Green (knee – OUT), Vincent Poirier (personal – OUT), Tremont Waters (knee – questionable)
It’s not hard to tell that the Raptors’ All-Star forward has struggled on offense throughout the series. Jaylen Brown has defended Pascal Siakam tremendously in the post, and from long-range Siakam is shooting just 2-for-11.