The Raptors are back in Toronto, the series is locked up at 2-2, and the Sixers are hungry to steal back home court advantage. It’s time for Game 5. Let’s watch. The Raptors did the thing they were supposed to do. They got the series back to 2-2, and kept the hopes and dreams of their season alive. Should they have been blown out in Game 3? Should they have even lost Game 2? Should we be here right now in this situation heading into Game 5? Let’s take these answers one at a time — and in the process, assess our mood right now.
First, the Game 3 question. Yes, the Raptors were due for one big game in front of the home crowd from Joel Embiid. The Sixers centre has been that guy all year, and throughout his career. Embiid lives for those big moments in front of his adoring fans and knows just how to play up to them. Heading into the series, I figured Toronto would shrink in one of either Games 3 or 4, and it happened just that way.
But Game 2, well, Toronto should have won that one. How do I know this? Because Game 4 was instructive in how …
Author: Daniel Reynolds / Raptors HQ