The Toronto Raptors game six victory Wednesday night against the Boston Celtics gives us the two greatest words in sports. GAME SEVEN. Thanks to Kyle Lowry and his 33-point performance, we’ll likely see another physical affair (also a ton of flopping).
Fatigue is clearly becoming a factor in this series and if you look at the minutes, that’s understandable.
Pascal: 54 minutes— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) September 10, 2020
Kyle: 53 minutes
Fred: 50 minutes
OG: 49 minutes
“Coach believes in us and what we do” pic.twitter.com/iIkwhRW1WK
Logging nearly an hour of intense playoff basketball leads to an inevitable 90’s style basketball game.
Experience has to play a role in the winner-take-all, considering the Toronto Raptors held up the Larry O’Brien Trophy last June. Feels like we should be able to count on a Kyle Lowry for an encore performance, but Celtics head coach Brad Stevens will be pulling all strings to end the Lowry show.
Here’s the key players from game six:
Kyle Lowry- 33 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists
Pascal Siakam- 12 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists
Norman Powell- 23 points
Fred VanVleet- 21 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists
Toronto can’t count on winning game seven with a Pascal Siakam no-show. He has to play better. The Raptors should head to him early on Friday to take some pressure off Kyle Lowry. After all, the 34-year-old just played 54 MINUTES.
Jaylen Brown- 31 points, 16 rebounds
Jayson Tatum- 29 points, 14 rebounds, 9 assists
Marcus Smart- 23 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists (triple-double)
Daniel Theis- 18 points, 7 rebounds
The Boston Celtics can scrap any hopes of Daniel Theis making a contribution in game seven. Half the country never heard his name a day in their lives, so a career night isn’t likely after he almost sent Toronto home tonight. The stage is set for Boston’s newest star, Jayson Tatum to impose his will under the bright lights.
Ton on the line Friday and may the best team/coach win!