Toronto Raptors fails to defend their NBA title

The defending champions, Toronto Raptors, lost the final game of their seven-match series against the Boston Celtics. The seven-match series was on the line with both teams tied at three victories each. Celtics won the semi-final in the eastern conference by 92-87 and shattered the dreams of Raptor’s fans. Boston was significantly a better team on the night of the finals than Toronto.

Score Breakdown as per quarters

Game 7 was a disjointed mess as both teams took turns dominating the game. The fatigue from the previous hard-fought 6 games was clearly visible. Celtics led the earlier portion with a 13-0 run while Raptors responded with a 20-7 run of their own. First Quarter ended with Toronto Raptors leading with a score of 27-26.

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Toronto Raptors had the fewest of the turnovers among any playoff teams. However, they gave 18 turnovers in game 7, out of which seven came in the second quarter. This sloppiness from the Raptors gave the Celtics a lead of four points to end the second quarter. However, the Raptors came back strong in the third quarter and cut the four-point deficit to one point. A horrible turnover from Pascal Siakam led to a 7-0 run for Boston Celtics to start the fourth quarter. The turnovers from the entire game cost Raptors 31 points, which ultimately led to their loss. Celtics ended the fourth quarter with a lead of four points ending the quarter with a 20-16 scoreline.

Game 7

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Game 7- Boston Celtics versus Toronto Raptors score

Lack of form for Toronto Raptors players

The season restart post-COVID shutdown changed a lot for Raptors as their players lost steam due to the shutdown. Pascal Siakam was not the same player as he was before the pandemic, as lack of practice affected his game. Siakam said that he was not able to work on his game in the gym the same way as he used to before the hiatus. Siakam committed five turnovers in the entire game while he scored only five times out of his 13 attempts. He missed his only three-point attempt as well.

Similarly, Marc Gasol also struggled to find his rhythm after the restart of the season. There were glimpses of the old Gasol with a few moments through the game. However, these were not enough to trouble the talented Boston team. The Spaniard said that he was frustrated because he felt that he could have helped the team more in different areas. However, he advised the young players to stay as positive and constructive as possible and continue to put in work.

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Kyle Lowry was energized to make things happen, but his legs looked heavy on his shots. Moreover, his scoring was not what it had been. His season ended with 16 points on 5-of-15 shooting in game 7. With 35 seconds left and Raptors trailing by 2 points, he fouled, and chances for a late miracle diminished.

Toronto Raptors were in the game for most of the time. However, they never recovered from 18 turnovers in the game, which led to 31 points for the Boston Celtics. But give the credit where credit is due. Boston Celtics played brilliantly and earned this victory on merit. They will advance to take on Miami Heat in the finals of the eastern conference.

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