The Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics did precisely what they needed to do in the First Round of the Playoffs, a quick sweep. But now that they are head-to-head with each other in the Conference Semifinals, it’s game time, and the Celtics are up 2-0.
Surprisingly, the Celtics have easily won 2 games against the defending champions, and its Toronto’s offense that’s letting them down. They shot 36.9% from the field in Game 1 and was an abysmal 10-for-40 from the 3-point line. Game 2 seemed to be a different story when Toronto had Boston under control late in the third quarter with a 12-point lead. But once again, their offense vanished and scored only nine points in 10:39, missing 23 of their final 28 shots overall.
On the other hand, Boston’s got a wide range of great performances from the entire team. Kemba Walker was pivotal in Game 1, Jaylen Brown is solid as usual, Marcus Smart hit five fourth-quarter 3-pointers in Game 2, and Robert Williams has provided the perfect helping hand off the bench. But Jayson Tatum has really stepped up and become their number one guy. Tatum has been the best player in the series averaging 27.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, and four assists on over 50% shooting, including 6 of 11 from 3-point range.
This Toronto team is a near mirror image of the Celtics. They both are versatile, they both battle hard and have excellent coaching, and both can play in various ways. The difference is, The raptors can’t find their shot. Game 3‘s tonight; let’s see if they can get some shots to fall and turn this into a series.
Catch you Monday.