Through a loose whistle and a tough night for Kawhi Leonard, the Raptors found a way to win and take back home court advantage in their first round series. One thing we’ve learned about the Toronto Raptors is that they’re a good team that can win in multiple ways. Still, the first road playoff game in any series is going to be a test of finding ways to win — whether it’s through an energized crowd or against a team with a renewed sense of belief. It provides the test of how plans “B” through “D” work for any good team.
If tonight is any indication, the Raptors should be just fine. Despite a loose whistle and a difficult night for Kawhi Leonard and the bench, Toronto won Game 3 98-93, taking a 2-1 series lead and wrestling back home court advantage from the Orlando Magic.
Making a game about officiating feels like a losing proposition, since favour always makes its way back to you, but the Tony Brothers-led crew is definitely the first talking point from tonight. Both sides felt jilted, as “ref you suck” chants rained in Amway Center and both Leonard and Kyle Lowry had an …
Author: John Gaudes / Raptors HQ