Toronto started the 4th quarter by hitting 4 of 7 three point shots and enjoyed a lead. However, Boston used an 8-0 run to take a 4 point lead. Lowry converted on a layup to stop the run.
With under a minute to go, Van Vleet hit a layup to tie the game with :21. Boston then put the ball in the hands of Kemba Walker. He beat the double team and cut towards the key. After a no-look pass to Daniel Theis who slammed home the potential game winner with :00.5.
Following the Raptor timeout, Lowry brought the ball in, guarded by Tacko Fall…all 7 foot 5 inches. Lowry’s pass flew cross the court to OG Anunoby who was able to knock down the three. Something Toronto has struggled with all series long.
Boston leads the series 2-1 with Game 4 coming up on Saturday, September 5. With Toronto still struggling behind the arc, Boston only won Game 2, 102-99 and lost Game 3, 104-103. Boston better watch out if Toronto gets hot behind the arc. If they do, we might see a repeat of the Eastern Conference Final in last year’s playoffs.
Toronto went 3-8 behind the arc and 8-15 overall from the field. They outscored the Celtics 29-23 in the 3rd. However, Toronto still trailed 80-76 at the end of the 3rd quarter. Their shift to the zone in the 3rd quarter helped get Toronto back into the game. The Raptors will need more defense and continue to hit shots in order to take game 3. Fourth quarter coming up…stay tuned!!!
Toronto dashed out to a 7-0 lead right out of the blocks. However, the Raptors are still struggling to score.
Like the first two games of the series, Toronto keeps jacking up threes while only shooting 25%. Kyle Lowry has started going to hoop, but it would be good for the rest of the Raptors to start doing the same!
Toronto also needs Pascal Siakam to stay out of foul trouble and start scoring!