Raptors ‘staying level’ after ugly loss, and more post-game notes

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OK, I was on Quick Reaction duty and the post-game reaction podcast, and it’s 7pm on a Saturday I’ve already committed all of to the Raptors, so I’m going to zoom through post-game notes and quotes a little bit.

What the heck happened in the paint?

The Raptors were dominating the glass and the points in the paint through three games. Indiana was the worst at-rim shooting team in the playoffs, and if I’m remembering right, the Raptors had a 40-point edge in the paint. And then…

Ian Mahinmi went insane despite battling a back injury, so this sounds pretty uncomfortable:

DeRozan and Lowry struggle again

Dwane Casey is taking the heat for his All-Stars, but through four games of poor shooting from each, I’m not even sure what the answer is.

Moving the rock will help, I suppose, and it’s further evidence the Raptors should be playing a bit smaller, or at least with more Patterson to make those passes higher-EV plays.

M.I.A. in all forms.

For their part, Lowry and DeRozan think they’re taking the right shots, they just need to make them. Lowry’s also preaching keeping a confident, level head with two days off coming up with which to make adjustments.

Others taking blame, too

Uncharacteristically, even the Raptors bench lacked energy in this one.

The Valanciunas-George skirmish

Valanciunas and George got into it a bit when Valanciunas appeared to get a hand up around George’s throat fighting for a rebound. They received coinciding techs, and Carroll got one for stepping in, too.

George, Carroll, and contact is apparently the it storyline of Games 3 and 4, now.

Where I’m at

The series is tied 2-2, and this game sucked, but there’s a reason you try to win 56 games. The Raptors have home court in what’s now a best 2-of-3, and you have to be confident in that scenario. Well, you don’t have to be, but you feel me.

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