Welcome back to SportsCastr news, whereas always, Ah, Madam, are Breck talking all things n b a.
And we come in on the heels of just a fantastic game between the Boston Celtics and the Toronto Raptors.
It goes down to not only the wire the fourth quarter.
It extends into double overtime before it's all said and done, and Toronto forces in Game 71 25 1 22.
On over the length of this, there's a lot of little things to take a look at.
Unfortunately else, A.
In the postgame, Jayson Tatum comes out me a little bit, this controversy around his turn over their late in that overtime final overtime session, where he threw it away into the corner.
And if you go back and watch the video, I did notice it in real time that Nick Nurses standing down there, low on the baselines, effectively on the baseline of the basket, down in the three point corner on That's where Tatum looks to make that little out past outlet pass feed.
The only reason why I kind of scoff at that and then push it aside is listen to him.
Just know where your players are.
I mean, you know, there's other guys around the court, the referees air there.
They rotate around the court a lot of different spaces as well, so I don't put a lot behind that.
Not to mention the factors.
Look for the green.
You got, uh, Nick nurse wearing a gray shirt so effectively, if you confined your color, you should be able to find your teammates and avoid that little **** mishap there.
Physically, there's a presence there that's really such a footnote about this game, though, and really more of a comical aside.
There's a couple things I want to get into.
Uh, I was wondering and keeping an eye on Pascal Siachen coming into this game, potentially if it was going to end up being a game where the Toronto Raptors were eliminated.
I was going to very much be interested in seeing what Siachen did, and I'm still very interested in these numbers because you're talking about a guy in Siaca who could prove to be crucial in this Game.
Seven if they're going to advance, he's obviously going to be an important piece when they go to take on the Miami heat, especially when you think about either one of these teams is going to go through a grueling seven game series and then have to take on the Miami Heat, who have only had to play nine games over the first two rounds in order to get to the conference finals, sweeping the Indiana Pacers and then taking care of the Milwaukee Bucks in just five games.
So we go inside that box score first.
This was a back and forth game.
I really thought that when you have to respect here in those overtime sessions, you can talk about over the course of four quarters, and that's fine.
But what you really saw here was some mistakes made by Boston, certainly, but just a tenacious defensive effort from the Toronto Raptors.
You're talking about Kyle Lowry Van Fleet getting strips with Celtics transitioning into the offensive end, leading to easy outlet buckets, leading two fouls, leading to easy points at the line as well.
So really, just some of that championship caliber play coming through from the backcourt of the Toronto Raptors and you can go at the end of the fourth quarter.
I think it is when you talk about Powell being the last one. I have the shop for Toronto.
He's out there on the perimeter, effectively.
Just breaks down his dribble.
Stays out there on the perimeter.
Doesn't challenge the Boston Celtics.
Going into the lane doesn't force the issue.
Maybe draw a foul.
Nevertheless, we still end up with an absolutely epic conclusion to this, and it's on the backs of listen.
Powell, off the bench, still gave you 23 points on a six of 11 shooting, 50% from beyond the arc, eight of nine at the line.
So he did for some of those those challenges there on the defensive end for the Boston Celtics and got himself the line and was effective there as well.
Then we get into the backcourt Van Fleet, who didn't have as strong a shooting night as you may want from the field, just 7 to 22 just three of 13 from beyond the arc.
Again, though, the nine defensive rebounds in this whole nine of his rebounds coming on that end.
The seven assists, two steals, two blocks, then fleet with two blocks.
I'll say it again I'll say.
The Van Fleet, with two blocks in this game, also only had just two turnovers there as well.
So did a really nice job kicking in 21 points.
The big performer, the late game performer with a huge three pointer and then down in the lane, ends up on the switch there with Ah, instead of having Marcus, Smart against them ends up with Kemba Walker on him.
Hits that little fadeaway low fade away.
And at the release of it, I really wasn't sure if it was the high quality, high percentage shot you're looking for.
Their knocks it down as well.
33 points, 12 26 to 10 from deep and also kicks in eight rebounds to go along with his six assists and two steals for him.
Also a block for him.
So just incredibly effective from the backcourt of Toronto.
You're talking about the guys that were there last year, that really or the heart and soul we know it's Kyle Lowry than Fleet, as everyone says is built in the exact same mold is Larry.
So these guys really will their way through this one that did some other things as well, like flexing Ogi into the five for stretches. Certainly.
So that was an effective ah, you know, effective adjustment from Nick Nurse along the way here.
And Oji ended up going 50 minutes, by the way.
You think about just is inside the minutes totals in this game when Europe over 50 minutes.
And you're getting close to playing nearly two games worth of minutes for some guys and certainly, you know, effectively an extra quarter with the two overtimes there to five minute sessions.
But you know, uh, again O G six of 11 from Sorry, 5 11 from the field there for him gave you 13 points.
Gave you 13 rebounds.
So, you know, big minutes from him.
Big rebounds on both ends of the floor, really.
Five on the offense.
Event. Eight on the defensive end.
Had the four turnovers, but overall a solid game.
And then we get to it.
Well, let's touch over on Boston side of things here for a minute because one of the ones that falls by the wayside certainly has been able to maybe be a little bit overlooked, though he's getting called out on some of the some of the morning reviews here, and that's Kemba Walker.
There's not not really a strong performance, right? 52 minutes and just two of 11 1 of six from deep, very quiet night, six points, really.
Not terrible, but you got to be up there and double digits and be a really facilitator if you're going to take a huge step back in terms of point scoring.
And you don't have to be because you do have Marcus Smart stepping up with a seven of 15 and six of 11 from deep performance, thrown in 23 31 from Jalen Brown on 11 30.
So not the greatest shooting percentage, but still putting up those attempts wasn't great from deep it for 13.
And they're not terrible, though.
And then you got Tatum, 1921 giving you 29.
So you spread it around throwing thieves with 18.
I mean, everybody else is doing their part.
Obviously, as you know, not really anything to rely on for scoring off the bench there for Boston, and you just you needed a guy like Kemba Walker to just give you a little bit more and Ironically, him throwing in a couple of those buckets could have been the difference of them winning this in regulation or maybe winning in the first or second overtime session and on the other side of the bowl.
The reason why I say ironically, is that the thing that the Toronto Raptors have had to overcome in this series is the play of Ah Pascal Siac Um, just five and 19 and this one oo five from deep to afford.
The line gave you eight rebounds, six assists, two steals.
I get it 12 points.
It's not enough for him. Three turnovers.
You know it's not enough.
He's plus 12 when he was on the floor, effectively the best player in terms of a plus minus rating.
But he needs to be more of a points leader in this, although Nick Nurse may have unlocked something with the adjustment of Ogea, but it's just it's a shocking drop off for him in terms of where he came from the regular season and then looking over into the postseason.
And in that vein, when you go back and think about some of the some of the bigger let downs when you talk about regular season versus the postseason play.
You can think back to 2017 18 with Kevin Love, where during the year he was giving you about 17 shooting, 45 46 point of percent from the field and 41% from deep drops, all the way down to just 34% in the postseason under 40% from the field and only gives you 15 points a game.
It's a moderate drop off.
Nothing too shocking.
One of the more glaring ones when you think back is to take a look at Covington.
Those are not coming to this DEMAR DeRozan, and this goes back to his Toronto Rafter days, pre ending up there with the Spurs.
You know, this is a guy who was kicking in 27 points during the regular season.
Onley falls to 22 in the postseason, so you think that's a five point difference.
You'd like to see guys get better, obviously across the board, but go inside.
The three point shooting, not his strong suit at only 26% during the regular season, drops down to sub 7% in the postseason.
That's a massive drop off at a time for that team when you need to rely on your biggest players to elevate their game going to the playoffs.
We just talked about yesterday about LeBron James and his consistency in the playoffs from regular season two postseason, and that's what you want.
Reliability and consistency.
So that was a huge one for DeRozan.
When you think about understand, Member, the reason why you start to move away from some of these guys and while you're not making the trade for quiet letters to get a guy in the door that you feel like you know, you can rely on getting into the playoffs, look out there with the Clippers and what's happening with Paul George.
It's a good thing they have co I Leonard there now because Paul George is not a guy that night in night out that he's had some a couple of big games, certainly over the postseason.
But by and large, he's been a relative disappointment for that team.
You wonder how that's going to impact them down the road.
One other one to think about unfortunately, as a Brooklyn Nets guy, you go to Kyrie Irving, just ah, the year prior, when he was with Boston, saw himself drop off.
The under 40% from the field dropped from 40 during the year to nearly 31% from deep.
That's a big drop off there again.
The points totals 23 to 21 not a huge drop there.
But the difference is that means is that means he's just going more and more volumes.
Any of these guys you're talking about their increasing number of shots, they're taking their decreasing their efficiency.
And what that ends up doing is taking a toll on the team as a whole, because now you're on the ball more, taking more shots and you're not converting them to buckets.
This isn't the LeBron get out of the way and let LeBron take over for a stretch if you need them. Teoh.
Unfortunately, this is.
Get out of the way and watch somebody maybe take your playoff hopes and kind of run them into a ground a little bit.
And I hate to say that because I obviously have Kyrie now on my my Brooklyn Nets, and I want to see him do well.
So there are some examples in that, you know throughout the throughout history here, if you go back to 14 15 even last one to throw out their historically LeBron James as much as we praised him, the interesting thing is that when you talk about where he was from regular season the Posies and saw a big drop off from beyond the arc and even from the field 48 from the field down to 41 you're talking about looking at 35% all the way down to just 22% from deep.
So a real drop off for LeBron James in the playoffs again, in spite of scoring more points and you know when you think about 25 to 30 in the playoffs scored more also means that he was probably taking more shots with those lower percentages.
And then likewise, The only caveat there is that you did see a spike in rebounds for him that year from 6 to 11.
So sometimes these examples can be well, if you're gonna transition your focus into a different area of your game, because that's what effective in a serious too serious basis or what's the best role for you to take on from regular season, the postseason.
The problem here, though, for LeBron James or for a lot of these examples is typically you don't see the spike in all the right categories.
You end up seeing a big dip, especially, and shooting percentages.
Uh, now, when you think about get back over to t this Pascal siac um, I'll say debacle that we're dealing with right now, The only issue that you have to worry about here.
Then you think about these playoffs rate Now, Actually, you can talk about where this team has really looked, you know, uh, inconsistent.
And where some of the other teams have looking inconsistent.
That's key contributors.
You can go over to Paul George.
Like we said right now, when you go from regular to post, he's nearly averaging the same points per game.
The problem is from deep right now.
Ah, he's going down to just 33% was 41% from from that range during the regular season.
So again, effectively, you know if you're gonna take 10 to 12 shots from beyond the arc, it's the difference of eventually six points on a game to game basis and back in loom very large and depending on what point you're hitting or missing those shots, it's the difference between extending a one or two possession game 23 or four late down the stretch, making it much more difficult.
You know, in this case in this series right now saying, All right, let's just bury these Denver Nuggets, right? So you want Paul George to be a little bit more effective there.
Other guys that were noticing, maybe bigger or lesser, serious, just wrapped against Miami hard won with Yonas out.
But Chris Middleton, who came from the season, gave you exactly the same line here.
20 points during the regular season, effectively 20 points during the playoffs.
I actually saw his assist numbers go up by a couple of six Asian but field goal percentage, 49% to 39%.
3 point shooting from 41 to 35.
So again increasing the volume of shots were taking, not increasing the percentage that you're hitting.
So that's another area of concern for Chris Middleton in what is now a loss playoff series loss.
And then you think about whether or not is he settling for outside shots as opposed to getting on the interior where that 49% is going to live and be much more effective.
You start to have defense's forced.
The issue, like Miami was very effective on the defensive end in that series, that five game stretch.
That's what makes it harder to get some of those easier buckets that you get during the regular season.
Now it's about can you change over and B'more effective in different areas.
And for Chris Middleton, a little bit of a drop off there we saw some big games was a big part of that game for victory, certainly for for the for the exit, the Milwaukee Bucks.
But at the end of the day, concerns here around this player what he's been able to dio other big ones that jumped out to me, scanning these playoffs, you're gonna look over it. Russell Westbrook.
The ire of Matt Brooks is I goes from 27 to 18 during the regular season down to the town of the playoffs.
Obviously, Dell is a little bit of an injury here, but the big numbers again, he's not a great three point shooter, a 25% that's even taken a modest dip to 22.
But then, really, 47% to 42 from the field and assist numbers also going down.
And that's really not what you want to see when you have James Harden in this specific case.
When you have James Harden on the team, you're much better off looking toe have be that slash facilitator, knowing that you have a pure shooter there.
Ah, and then you can go ahead and still get your own and smaller doses.
But know that if you get other guys going, that's you're probably best path to success.
And that doesn't diminish when he has a big game and helps lead the team to a victory on a shooting performance.
It's just about the overall, and what you want to think about is as Russell Westbrook, now on the Houston Rockets and what your best function is in the playoffs.
We can take a look at here, and that's gonna be one Tobias Harris, and you talk about the thuds and duds and this is a guy who we talked about it right, could have let go of Brett Brown.
You chose to let go of him in this off season or after this.
If you let go of him last year, maybe you still have Jimmy Butler.
Instead, you commit the money and have that money committed to Tobias Harris.
You know they have Simmons and Embiid there.
Tobias Harris, I think on that $180 million contract dropped down to just 13% from beyond the arc, only a four game sample size.
So, you know, if he had had another Siri's, it could've level it out a little bit.
But just two of 15 from distance.
And when you're talking about trying to fight in battle in a serious when you know you end up losing Simmons and that, you know you look to the other big players and he is supposed to be a big player really shrinks in the spotlight 38% from the field as opposed to 40 seven during the regular season, and again, 19 down to 15 effectively did see his rebound number spikes so you can shift again.
Shift where your focus is.
That's fine, but you still have to find a way to maintain effectiveness and efficiency from those other areas.
And a lot of these guys are suffering from that.
And that is where we end up coming to SIAC of 20 to almost 23 points during the regular season down to 18 5 point drop off.
You could look at the other stats and say, If you're facilitating, if you're really getting after those rebounds, if you're knocking down your shots at a better clip and you're just being smaller in your sample size because guys like Larry Van Fleet or really started to take over, Unfortunately, the rebounds air nearly a dead even at seven.
You're talking about the assist numbers right there in about 3.
5 and in the field goal percentage, 45 to 41.
Not great, but not a huge dip.
And then the big number three point shooting from 36% all the way down to 21%.
That's the big margin here, right? If he's taking even just to keep around number here, 10 3 pointers a game, that's the difference of knocking down two per game versus almost four per game at a clip.
So That's a six point swing there and you can think about even though they're two.
Out of those three losses were big blowout ones in this series against Boston.
You can think about how the ebb and flow of those games can really start to shift. Now.
In this last match up, did he have a very a very nice baseline jumper there? Certainly, as we get back inside some of the stream comments on the run through all those stats that will take a look there.
Ah, with Game seven we've got Nathan talking about, Yeah, listen, you hope that it is.
So is we're thinking about looking ahead here.
Siachen had that nice baseline jumper that went down for him late in this game.
That was an important shot that he made.
But this is the concern here, right? Players that rise or fall from regular season the postseason and we know that in general, even in this site, type of N b A and we've seen it in this series here.
Certainly the chip ***** it's been a physical series hasn't been what they call the prettiest Siri's over the course of these six games, but you need these type of battles.
You want to see these type of real grind out games.
You could even go into the point to a little bit of chatter at the back end of this one.
Marcus Smart on that final inbounds play, gets in front of Gasol, tries to effectively flop in front of them and then is calling for a foul there to be called.
You hate to see that stuff.
I hate to see the Tatum, you know, comments around Nick Nurse and whether or not he's trying to distract him in the corner there.
I don't want to see Marcus Smart looking for that flat ball because I loved Marcus.
Smart is a defender.
I love him as a player, and I love Tatum.
So all this all that does to me is take away from it a little bit.
Ah, but overall, this has been a physical, physical Siris for these two teams.
It's been a grind, and you want thes type of battles over the course of the playoffs.
And as we know, even in the softer MBA today, the defense intensity still ratchets up.
Those matchups start to shift a little bit.
You don't worry about necessarily who you're guarding during the regular season, as if as effectively as it and as intensely as you may in the postseason.
So all of those matchups really start to get that much more focused on.
And if you're see AACM on a game to game basis during the regular season, you can think about it.
Even when you talk about Dame Lillard during the regular season in Portland, a lot of teams look at it and say, OK, Dame's gonna get his.
He's going to go for 40 is going to go for 50 Great.
And then you see Ken CJ McCollum give you that supplemental 15 to 20 points, kid this year.
Carmelo Anthony be that extra piece.
We know they dealt with injuries, but you'll take the lesser of two evils of saying, Yeah, take the high volume shots.
Can the rest of the team get you 55 to 65? 70 points in order? Overcome the totality of our team and that's a little bit.
I think when you look at Boston about ratchet up the defensive intensity around, see aacm.
He's having a harder time with a spotlight 100% on him need to be the number one.
And now you're saying over the six game Siri's you have these two blowouts.
You've also had games where Lowry has come alive.
And even though Van Fleet we said, you know, Powell coming off the bench, some of these other guys are now stepping up, and you know they have championship pedigree in them.
They have the familiarity of being in these big spots.
And when you go to a Game seven, it's only going to take big performances from Van Flee and and Lowry to really to really push them over the hump and make us difficult challenge for Boston.
On top of which, if you can get one rial big game from Siaca one regular season level performance that could really sway it in this one as well.
You saw Marcus Smart dealing with a little bit of an injury there, so you're not sure what that's gonna look like he was gripping at his hip.
I mean, he's a physical player, plays hard, so it's going to be interesting to see how some of these little inter game matchups go, and to Nathan's point talking about.
Camba comes up very small in this game.
There's a lot of offensive weapons there in Boston.
So to some extent Jaylen Brown could do what he did in that game.
It's relatively OK.
It's not as important as SIAC.
Um, you know, it's not as important as if If, if Kyle Lowry has a quiet night in Game seven that can sink Toronto ship Kemba Walker having a quiet night, they still go double overtime and have an opportunity to close out the series in six games.
So even though it's disappointing, the necessity of him to be an offensive weapon in this particular matchup isn't nearly as important as if you get into that Miami Siri's where? Defensively, how those matchups we're gonna play out.
There's going to be games where he does need to carry the team where he does need to elevate his offensive game.
But I think he's capable of that.
And people are starting to look back at his track record in big spots and in playoff games.
But rate now as much as both of these teams, Boston and Toronto are the sum of their parts, you can see how Gasela getting older Ibaka dealing with injury.
You know, see AACM having a difficult time transitioning into the true leader of this team, especially in the playoffs.
There, a little bit, you know, fracture just in terms of what they want to be doing in the playoffs.
Boston very much knows what they need, and it is comfortable and how they're approaching these games.
So it's been interesting that down oh, to Toronto battle back down, three to they get the big win.
And now it's It's all bets are off here in Game seven.
And if you know as hard as it is to look at Toronto and say with all the issues I'm talking about sockem with some of the things they're dealing with that they can get this Game seven victory.
But, you know, you may want to lean on the side of their experience from last year.
Boston's rate there and hopefully hopefully, hopefully fingers crossed.
It just ends up being a battle.
It just ends up being another grind out game like we saw in game number six, and then whoever takes it, it's still going to be a fantastic Siri's toe watch and then you start to think ahead about who's gonna be taking on Miami and how much love their legs are they gonna have back underneath? Um, when it comes time to start that Siri's off, Remember, even though Toronto got just a four game series sweep against Brooklyn, Now they'll go seven.
So they're gonna come into that game with two more games under their belt, a grinding seven games.
Siri's potentially if they go there, or Boston and then in terms of rest, you know they're gonna play tomorrow night.
So even if they give them off the weekend two days arrest, starting on Monday, full week of rest for Miami.
So that's gonna be interesting to see how either one of these teams comes out heading into the conference finals, where potentially, we're gonna have a very different look.
It already is going to be with Miami waiting, therefore, so I'll be keeping my eyes on Siachen.
This is this is the difference of being a truly elite player in the league of being one of the superstars or just being an incredibly talented player.
And there's nothing wrong with that.
But the difference between what you do in these big spots in these big moments, even elevate your game on either under the floor.
That's what that's what really writes your legacy.
And that's why a guy like Hyo Lowry for as undersized as he seems, but his crit and dedication on the defense event of getting in front of big bodies and taking charges, and the effort that he puts out the three point shooting some of the clutch shots that he knocks down.
That's why his legacy continues to be written and cemented in stone in Toronto.
And why, Well, that little chatter about a statue out front one day for him could be as legitimate as possible.
So we'll keep our eye on this one.
This has been an exciting Siri's toe watch.
We hope Game seven gives us everything that we saw in Game six and maybe a little bit more.
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