Go Big Or Go Home.......GAME 7

Posted by Libaan Osman on Saturday, May 03, 2014 with No comments
At least we didn't lose by 26 points. The Toronto Raptors just didn't want this win. They settled early and that was  all she wrote. The Raptors played like the Brooklyn Nets in game 5 as they were down by 19 at halftime with DeMar DeRozan doing it all by himself, the Raptors needed more. The Raptors came out in the 3rd quarter playing defense, letting the Nets do whatever and whenever they wanted. Fans who have not watched the Raptors all season thought this game was over when the Nets went up 26 in the 3rd. Toronto needed a spark and disappointingly that wouldn't come until the 4th quarter. The Raptors went into the 4th down 20, and DeMar DeRozan had enough. DeRozan began the 4th aggressively; helping cut the lead down to 15 with a huge slam that breathed life into the franchise. DeRozan would finish the game with 28 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists.

The Raptors finally realized they were in the playoffs. They started moving the ball and Jonas who started off poorly did what he does best, finish at the rim with authority. Toronto looked as if they were going to stage an amazing comeback, but the Nets had different plans. The Nets came into tonight's game with a purpose. Paul Pierce had earlier guaranteed a win and he was spot on. Every time the Raptors made a little run, the Nets were able to respond and they eventually won the game by 14, 97-83. The Raptors must start game 7 out strong and not let the Nets take control early or they will be in for a long night. A Toronto vs Brooklyn game 7 will be this Sunday and the time will be TBD. This game is do or die for both teams hoping to move on to the 2nd round to face the 2x defending champs, the Miami Heat.

NOTE: Nets head coach Jason Kidd was fined early today $25,000 for public criticism of the officials. 

“If flopping is the way to go, we maybe have to play that game,” Kidd said, according to Newsday. “But Joe is a strong individual and unfortunately he doesn't flop. He plays, he doesn't complain. That's why we have officials. - Jason Kidd