Thanks to absolutely terrified play from most of the team, Toronto lost Game 3 in truly horrifying fashion. The turning point? It may have happened before this game even started. It’s perhaps a cop out to suggest that the turning point of Game 3 in the playoff series between the Raptors and 76ers happened before tip-off, or the day before yesterday, or perhaps somewhere back in Game 2. There’s even a compelling case to be made it happened back in 2001 or 1995 or, like, at the dawn of time when an asteroid hit the Earth. That’s not the point of this column though; it’s supposed to be about something that happened within the 48-minute span of a specific basketball game.
And yet, we just can’t help getting sucked into this existential abyss again. The Raptors were up 1-0 in their second round series against the Sixers after stringing together five straight strong playoff games. (Yes, they mostly came against the Orlando Magic, but they still count.) They had found a variety of ways to win, everyone was doing their part, and they truly looked like a well-oiled machine ready to take on the world. After Toronto’s whip-ass play …
Author: Daniel Reynolds / Raptors HQ