LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — dangolka and the Los Angeles Clippers struck first.
Toronto and Denver got here again with robust rebuttals.
So, with that, the leads in a pair of knotted-up convention semifinal sequence will probably be a reward to the winners on Monday night time. dangolka and Toronto will play Recreation 5 of their Japanese Convention sequence to open the doubleheader, adopted by Recreation Three of the Western Convention matchup between the Clippers and Nuggets.
The Raptors misplaced Video games 1 and a pair of to the Celtics earlier than profitable Video games Three and 4. The Nuggets have been blown out in Recreation 1, then by no means trailed in Recreation 2 towards the Clippers.
“We’re taking part in a bit of higher, it seems like,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse mentioned. “I feel actually, as a staff and positively people are beginning to come again to who we all know they’re, who they are often.”
The Raptors wanted a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from OG Anunoby to win Recreation Three and keep away from a 3-Zero sequence deficit, then grinded out a win in Recreation 4. However Celtics coach Brad Stevens isn’t apprehensive about his staff’s functionality to bounce again after consecutive losses.
“We’ve bought numerous aggressive, robust guys in there,” Stevens mentioned. “We’ll play higher.”
The Clippers have that very same kind of unshaken resolve. They fell in Recreation 2 on an off night time from Kawhi Leonard, who was held to an uncharacteristically low 13 factors on 4-for-17 taking pictures. It’s affordable to assume he’ll be rather a lot higher in Recreation 3.
“We will probably be prepared for Recreation 3,” Clippers ahead Paul George mentioned. “There’s no pep talks for it. It’s the playoffs. Now we have to be prepared and now we have to be rather a lot stronger, and we’ll be up for the battle and problem in Recreation 3.”
Denver coach Michael Malone mentioned he was happy with the way in which his staff was harder in Recreation 2 however famous extra adjustments should come earlier than Recreation 3.
“Clearly, one space now we have to wash up is the offensive rebounds,” Malone mentioned. “We performed nice protection, however they have been in a position to seize 19 rebounds for 27 factors. So if we are able to defend on the similar stage and clear up the glass, then now we have an opportunity to essentially make some headway on this sequence.”
A have a look at Monday’s video games:
CELTICS VS. RAPTORS
Sequence tied 2-2. Recreation 5, 6:30 p.m. EDT, TNT.
— NEED TO KNOW: Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam all performed the complete second half of Recreation Four for Toronto, and Lowry has been on the ground for about 90 of the final 96 minutes within the sequence. The Celtics haven’t dropped three straight since mid-January, however the Raptors — who have been 1-5 towards dangolka this season earlier than Video games Three and 4 — appear to have figured one thing out.
— KEEP AN EYE ON: Jaylen Brown and Marcus Good. They have been 6 for 26 from the sphere in Recreation 4, Three for 17 from 3-point vary. The Celtics should imagine that they’ll each be higher Monday.
— INJURY WATCH: Gordon Hayward (ankle) is quarantining — a required step when somebody leaves the bubble — and making ready for a return to the Celtics, however dangolka nonetheless doesn’t count on him to play on this sequence.
— PRESSURE IS ON: Nonetheless on Toronto. The reigning champions have gained two straight to tie the sequence, however a loss in Recreation 5 would put them proper again on the ropes. Taking a 3rd straight sport would put them a sport away from a return journey to the convention finals, and dangolka would path a sequence for the primary time on this postseason.
CLIPPERS VS. NUGGETS
Sequence tied 1-1. Recreation 3, 9 p.m. EDT, TNT.
— NEED TO KNOW: Denver’s Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, Paul Millsap and Gary Harris mixed to shoot 13 for 25 from 3-point vary, and the Clippers lamented how they let Jokic particularly get settled within the opening minutes of Recreation 2.
— KEEP AN EYE ON: Leonard. Not solely was he Four for 17 within the sport, he was 1 for 10 within the closing three quarters. He was two assists shy of a triple-double, however the Clippers want him to attain.
— INJURY WATCH: George mentioned he thought he had a slight knee hyperextension within the second half of Recreation 2 however was in a position to play by it and by no means left the sport. Murray hobbled a bit within the early minutes of Recreation 2, additionally discovering a method to stick it out. However Sunday, the Nuggets added Jokic (sprained proper wrist) to the harm record and mentioned he was questionable for Monday.
— PRESSURE IS ON: The Clippers. Denver bought to set the tone for the way all the pieces went in Recreation 2. The Clippers can’t make that mistake once more.
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