The defending champion Toronto Raptors meet the Boston Celtics again in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Thursday. Raptors are 2-0 behind the Brad Stevens’ Celtics at the moment, and they seem to have a clear advantage. Raptors have already gone through this road and came out better last season.
Toronto Raptors were 2-0 down in the Eastern Conference Finals last year against Milwaukee Bucks, but they went to win four straight matches to win Conference Finals, and ultimately the NBA Championship.
Raptors coach Nick Nurse told that the upcoming game is super critical for the game, and they will give their everything to win. They clearly know that they shouldn’t give up at any point during the competition. Eastern Conference Round 2 Game 3 tips off at 6.30 PM Eastern Time, inside the NBA Bubble, near Orlando.
Celtics’ Marcus Smart five consecutive three-pointer in the fourth quarter changed the flow of the game. Raptors were leading the game until the third quarter but Jayson Tatum and company outscored Raptors 32-21 in the final quarter. In a head-to-head this season, Celtics has outnumbered Raptors, winning five games out of six in the regular season, and three out of three inside the NBA Bubble.
Moreover, the Celtics have been the undefeated team inside the NBA Bubble, with a perfect number of 11-0. Pascal Siakam and the company will try to improve their offensive play while Celtics will try to strengthen their defence game. Celtics’ Kemba Walker knows that Raptors can turn the tables, so he insists the team on working hard.
NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Semi-Finals: Celtics V Raptors [Celtics Lead 2-0]
Game 1: BOS 112-94 TOR
Game 2: BOS 102-99 TOR
Game 3: BOS TOR | 6.30 PM ET on Thursday (4.00 AM IST Friday)
Game 4: TOR BOS
Game 5: TOR BOS
Game 6: TOR BOS | TBD (only if necessary)
Game 7: BOS TOR | TBD (only if necessary)
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Celtics: Jaylen Brown, Daniel Theis, Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart, Kemba Walker
Raptors: Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby, Marc Gasol, Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet