Let's go back to back like we're on the cover of Lethal Weapon, back to back like we're Jordan '96 '97 woah.
Keys To The Game
- Transition and Halfcourt Defense: I realize this is very broad but it's important. We lost games 1 and 4 mainly because of our turnovers and transition defense that followed the turnovers. Obviously avoiding this is ideal but on turnovers we need to run back and be organized picking someone up. Game 5 was almost lost thanks to our halfcourt D. We need to defend the three point shot a lot better than we did in that first half, 11/17 from 3 for Indi is a sure way to make sure you dig yourself a huge hole.
- Urgency: We need need need to come out swinging in game 6. Indiana will come out more desperate than they did today. Stay composed and play under control. If it's a 2-3 point game after the first quarter we should be comfy pushing out a lead the minute Paul George sits. (If Vogel doesn't have him play 48 which I could see him doing).
- Make Your Damn 3 Point Shots: Had this as a key in game 5, didn't help much. Raptors are now shooting 33/124 from 3 this series. That equates to 26.6%. Absolutely atrocious, we have too many good shooters to be doing that bad. Lowry needs to tone it back a bit, and Ross, PPat, Norm and Carroll absolutely need to be better.
- Big 3: Throughout this series we have yet to have a game where all three of Lowry, DeRozan and Valanciunas play well in the same game. We haven't even had two of the three play well consistently. But it seems we only win when at least two of them show up, in games 2&3 it was Lowry&Valanciunas and in game 5 it was Lowry&DeRozan. If Indi decides to shut one down we need to have the other two step up.
Predicted Starting Lineups
Friday, May 2nd, 2014: Toronto Raptors @ Brooklyn Nets Game 6 (Raptors up 3-2)
The Raptors went into Brooklyn looking to win their first 7 game series in franchise history. Brooklyn came out storming building a 15 point lead after the first quarter. The Nets led throughout the entire game, Toronto's offense sputtered. Valanciunas battled foul trouble, Lowry played terribly just two days after setting a career high in points, DeMar played well but Deron Williams was too much and the Raps got killed in the paint. Raptos ended up losing it 97-83 and then lost in the infamous game 7.
Lucky Red Charm:
Game 6 will be played the same day that our global ambassador Drake will drop his highly anticipated album Views From The 6. May the 6 God watch over us and intimidate all Indiana Pacers on Instagram until Friday.