Heading into Game 4, here’s what the the Raptors need to do to tie the series before heading back to Toronto. All the optimism Raptors fans had going into Round 2 seems to have vanished following a 21-point loss to the 76ers in Game 3 on Thursday. With the news that Pascal Siakam is doubtful for Game 4 with a calf contusion, optimism is no longer in the vocabulary for Toronto. It seems the earth has (once again) shattered underneath Raptors-land as any hope of beating the Sixers, at this moment, feels non-existent.
All of which is justified. Game 2 saw a terrible first half, before a second half rally brought victory within striking distance before falling short. And then it got ugly in Game 3. Few adjustments have been made by the coaching staff, the bench has been absent and overmatched, everyone but Kawhi Leonard (and at times Pascal Siakam) appears afraid to shoot, and Kyle Lowry is under the dark lights following another poor playoff performance. And now Siakam’s is hurt?
And yet: the Raptors are only down 2-1 in the series, which is far from insurmountable.
Hear me out with the hope Siakam plays: The Raptors defense, which has been fantastic …
Author: Satbir Singh_ / Raptors HQ