The little question: will Pascal Siakam play? The big question: can the Raptors avoid being backed against the wall? It would appear that Game 3 was a tipping point into “going through it” for Raptors fans. No fanbase does it better, especially after all the years of watching Toronto excel in the regular season, then eventually get embarrassed in the playoffs on a bigger stage. The mantra coming into Sunday afternoon has to be no, really, this Raptors team is different.
At the very least, the Raptors don’t have to worry about Kawhi Leonard as they get ready for the first ABC game of their series against Philadelphia, coming off a 21-point loss and entering with a 2-1 series deficit. Leonard has been phenomenal, Pascal Siakam has been great, and nobody else has been consistent. As per the stat that everyone has shared with you by now:
Remember how awful the Thunder were offensively in the playoffs the first year after Durant left in 2017 whenever Westbrook was on the bench?2017 OKC offensive rating with Westbrook on bench: 79.02019 Raptors offensive rating with Kawhi on bench: 54.1He. Needs. Help.— Micah Adams (@MicahAdams13) May 3, 2019
Siakam, unfortunately, is a question mark due to health …
Author: John Gaudes / Raptors HQ