and welcome back once again to SportsCastr news was always ah madam or break talking all things nb A on a Tuesday following a Game five matchup, if you were ah, waiting on bated breath to see how Toronto bounced back from being down 02 within an excellent job of fighting back to even this series up it to a piece with last night against Boston.
Things once again just can't quite get into a rhythm for Toronto.
And when you look inside the box for on this game, you know it feels like it's an easy one to just look at that three point shooting for Toronto.
See that they went 11 to 34 in this 1 32% and say it's just not good enough.
Uh, excuse me, that's actually 32% is not good enough by Boston standards by Toronto standards, who shot just 30% from beyond the arc, 12 of 40.
So that's the first spot that you look to really in these stat lines because you know that Van Fleet that Kyle Lowry, obviously the motors that help keep this this team going and heading in the right direction in the games that they're winning.
They're having big impacts in this particular one.
Never really close.
This was a blowout by halftime, and even though the 1 11 1 11 89 feels like it's closer than it actually was on Toronto's side of things, we again take a look there and talk about in 29 minutes, Siachen giving you just five of 902 from deep in 10 points.
So that's not going to be good enough.
Obviously, by any stretch, you've had some surprises, and that's, you know Geno be who's come out and really played well for them.
Didn't have a good game in this one shot just three of 11 from the field in seven points, and you're not expecting him to be the one that carries the load for you.
Really, What we're seeing here is just when you talk about the dynamic of this team coming from the regular season into the postseason, the emphasis on Siachen and his importance in his value up for most improved in back to back seasons suddenly is finding some real struggles, especially in this series and on Boston side of things.
You have to say the defense has certainly has certainly prevented Toronto from finding the rhythm in a lot of ways.
Deep inside this, you deeper inside the scorecard here just to wrap it up.
18 points from Van Flee gave you six of 14 shooting.
So you like that? Another quiet performance from Larry got dinged up.
Gain number two, you wonder if that's lingering there.
She got into it there with the referees at one point.
Serge Ibaka also got into with the referees at one point and then you talkin.
Larry got into it a one point postgame.
You had Van Fleet essentially basically blowing it off.
Say, Kyle had his moment.
The rest surge had his moment and then Kyle.
And then? Then we moved on.
It happens, brothers do says with brothers.
There's a lot of steak, A lot of the line.
Those types of things are gonna happen.
But it wasn't as bad as it looked.
So it I mean, listen from that standpoint, is for his chemistry, in which way this team is trending over the course of this Siri's.
I think the reality is just that he came in with a certain level of expectations, and right now and we've even talked about, they went hyper small there.
At one point, Nick Nurse puts put, Ah, see ya come into the five there at one point.
So they went really small to try to give a different look to Boston in this particular game.
Now, by that point, they were already trailing significantly.
So you can say it's either too little, too late.
Or maybe for Nick Nurses.
Just a little bit of experimentation to get a small sample size and see if it's something you want to utilize going forward.
But again, this is the defending champions.
We understand that they don't have quite Leonard, but you come into the serious feeling confident your game.
Obviously, you get the first round against Brooklyn.
That's not necessarily going to be the kind of test that exposes any weaknesses you may think that you potentially have.
And then it's really just been to me, the defense of Boston that has thrown off the offensive rhythm for Toronto.
The perimeter shooting is not as easy and as fluid, and his open issue may have liked.
And we've seen, of course as well.
We talked about this with Matt Brooks early on in this series when they were down.
Oh, to where? Listen, you're seeing Castle get a little bit older before your eyes.
Ibaka may be dealing with an injury heading towards Game six of his availability may be in question and for however, he appeared in this one and go quickly inside their C 19 minutes, 36 just seven points.
So not a great performance from him, obviously, and these numbers are difficult to read too much into.
Like when you say, Well, Thomas give you 10 points or 16 from power now power on 31 minutes.
So 6 to 15 there.
He's contributed nicely, but it's a quiet game for Ibaka.
And if he's not available, good soul looking.
Just that step slow, certainly not able to stay in front of a lot of if any, of the players for Boston was.
Certainly when those switches come out near the top of the Ark.
So you know, how is Nick nurse going to a justice? Is he going to go ultra small? Will he try to dip down a little bit deeper? We heard on the broadcast last night that The expectation wouldn't be that you would see a player like Thomas get a bit of a run at the same time.
Depending on how things start in game number six, you may have to just kind of pull out all the stops here.
We talk about Nick Nurse being coach of the year.
It just feels like you're running bad, right? And even though it's three to and you say they came back and won those two games, obviously remember O.
J had to bail them out there with that last second cross court pass two games ago.
So you know, there's just a reality here about Toronto may be running a little bit bad right now.
Probably Lowry's a little dinged up, so I think he typically is probably a little dinged up over the course of a season anyway.
But you're just seeing the size, the length the defensive presence across the board for Boston is paying dividends for them on the defensive end.
It's hard to have an answer for Tatum.
We take a look again inside this scorecard.
Now, over on the Boston side of things.
Remember, this is a starting rotation here for them.
With Tatum Thes Walker Smart and Brown gave you 18 15 21 12 and 27.
Everybody shooting pretty, pretty strong.
They're the team overall was 49% from the field.
So in spite of 32% from deep, which isn't necessarily gonna hurt Boston the way that it does Toronto you can go to the line.
You talk about 24 or 27.
On the flip side, just 13 attempts knocked down 11 of them for Toronto.
But they're just not getting the trips there.
And we know that head coaches will spend time and invest energy in the referee's years to try to sway them, going from one game to the next.
I just don't think you're going to see it here because the physicality that a Tatum is playing with and you talk about seven of eight of the line for him, five of six for thieves, four or five for Walker, You know, there spreading around, really, it's not any one player, so this is team physicality being committed to getting into the lane, challenging the bigs for Toronto and really forcing some issues there from a matchup standpoint that I don't know if you have the players to really make the adjustment.
That's gonna win.
You serious now? It doesn't mean that I don't think that Toronto can win Game six.
It's possible, right? I didn't think they were gonna win two in a row to tie the series up, and yet they were able to do that.
So we'll come back in tomorrow and see if they can pull out one more victory to force a Game seven.
At which point, by the way, anything can happen, right? We think if you go inside the numbers and percentages of teams that win Game five that go on to win the series, I think is pretty high.
So if you get that three to advantage, even if Toronto comes back and wins Game six, it's difficult, especially in this series Now.
We've seen two games either way, but to win that Game seven to try to bring that energy again when you know that it's probably gonna take a maximum all out effort here in game number six, just a force that so as it stands right now, we talked about this after games.
I think after game number four.
It was when Toronto managed to tie it back up. It's exciting.
It's interesting, but also this team.
When you look at this playoff matchup, you're talking about Boston who feels like they're to surging in the right direction, not just in this season, but going forward.
All of their pieces.
We know Hayward's out.
I think I don't has a player option, but he'll be a free agent this all Cup coming off season so they could make little tweaks and still love their core in a lot of ways for Toronto, you really come up against that.
You're gonna have an fleet.
Is he staying or going? You obviously know that.
You have mid thirties for Kyle Lowry, Marc Gasol showing his age, even a guy like Ibaka who is going to be a free agent.
Do you really want to bring back a 32 year old, slightly undersized five If you play in there knowing that he's gonna have some limitations and I feel like he will start to show his age to you still like see ya come, obviously, maybe Ogi is an emerging player for them that they can feel confident about starting to build around and flex that nucleus.
I think that if there's a team that can rebuild on the fly and can make those little tweaks and do what Miami does do even what Indiana Pacers doing to stay in the playoff picture year in and year out.
Toronto's a team that you believe in, but there's probably more question marks coming out of this series for this team.
Big picture than you would have anticipated.
Going it win or lose.
They could have lost this series and still felt great about where they were.
But the performances that we've seen the uneven performances that we've gotten from Toronto have really put us into a place where you have to wonder if they need to make a switch.
Can you still live with Van Fleet? Lowry undersized guards as good and as talented as they are and if not an anesthesia? Aacm, your true number one.
Can he be the leader of this team? Is this just a bad year of growing pains from him when it comes to playoff basketball and we'll see him right back next year, learning and advancing from it or not? unlike what we've seen a little bit from the Milwaukee Bucks, right? Or is there just something here? Now they've done a good job.
They're trying to hang on there in that syriza's well, that'll get on later tonight.
But you know, or they're just adjustments that need to get made where you take a look and you say, Do I like what I'm seeing from a talent standpoint on the roster, Yes, but in crunch time when I really need it, what can the expectations be? Year? Milwaukee staved off elimination there without having honest on the floor.
Middleton hitting that dagger three late, that one.
But they're talking about trying to, you know, that offended off elimination could very well go out in five.
So old a sudden these teams that you looked at during the regular season as the 12 seeds, very strong, even with a surging Miami, even with a growing and improving Boston Celtics team that we believe had strong chances now, all of a sudden, things get very interesting for both of these rosters.
I think that they're in the same boat, even if Toronto, where the one game number six, even if you push it to seven games and the Milwaukee Siri's only goes five.
They're still in the same boat of understanding their their holes that are being exposed here.
And even if it's less about the talent that you have and more about the talent combination and how you match up with what's happening around you in the conference, so interesting times will certainly keep our eye on the games later tonight and then come back tomorrow to see if Toronto could extend this one last time.
It's going to probably have to fall on the back, by the way, on the back of over Kyle Larry, he has to make the decision here if he's capable of, by the way, because it's it's again very difficult mattress.
When you talk about having Marcus smart and having Jalen Bram and even having Kemba Walker there because then you're talking about it both ends of the floor, you're getting run ragged offensively and defensively.
You're going to need a big perform for someone, really, in an ideal world you'd like to see obviously Siaca really come to life here and show you that he's capable of doing what you anticipated coming into this series.
I just want to pull up his numbers real quick over this series just to remind everybody that when you go back to these games right, 10 23 16 17 30.
That's the lines over this Siris for him and even more ****ing than that really is going back now.
And he has been improving.
So you have to acknowledge it where you see it in this last game shot.
A better percentage just didn't shoot enough.
And you're talking about a guy that's giving you 31 37 40 43 55% from the field.
But see the big minutes trump there for him as well, 29 in this last game.
So I have to see if he can really step up.
It's hard to make those type of in Siris adjustments to individual games as opposed to team adjustments, and I just don't think they have it.
I don't see it being the case and in some ways, a blowout like this.
In game number five, you expend a lot of energy tithe Siri's back up difficult blowout loss.
Really, You just wonder.
It's only gonna take Boston coming out early in game number six with a real punch.
They could take the wind out of Toronto.
And even though we know they are champions, they are the defending champions.
You expect them to give everything they have.
I just don't know of everything they have is enough.
We'll be tuned in.
More games are on the docket for tonight.
We mentioned that Miami Siri's taking on the Milwaukee Bucks and trying to close out that series in just five games and move on to the Eastern Conference finals.
And then we're gonna get that Lakers Rockets series tied at one after the Rockets jumped out to the 10 seriously, and Lakers came back with authority as well.
Felt not this similar in some ways, to just really waking them up in game over one against Portland, then coming out really, really playing their game and attacking and getting number two.
I think that's gonna be a very exciting back and forth.
Siri's this one.
Boston Toronto has felt a little bit clunky on Toronto side of things and has made it for less than thrilling basketball.
Now two blowouts in the three losses.
Two of those blowouts have started to look.
Let's have been blowouts for Toronto.
So that's the unevenness that we're seeing here.
We will, of course, be back in talking all things MBA action.
Keep an eye out for Matt Brooks, who's gonna be coming in and breaking down that l A Clippers Denver Nuggets matchup as well as always.
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