Toronto Raptors vs Indiana Pacers First Round Series tied 2-2
After losing 100-83 in Game 4 of their series against the Indiana Pacers on Saturday, the Toronto Raptors look to regain the series lead in Game 5 at home on Tuesday night.
But in order to beat the plucky Pacers, the Raptors will have to really cut down on the number of turnovers (they had 19 last game that led to 25 points for the Pacers). DeMar DeRozan had six of those giveaways, and, needless to say, he'll need to get back to being the go-to guy Toronto counts on game in and game out.
DeRozan went just 4-for-15 from the field and did not take a single free throw in finishing with a paltry 8 points. Kyle Lowry didn't fare much better, either. He shot 4-for-12 and made four free throws for 12 points.
So far through the first four games, DeRozan is averaging just 13.3 point per game after averaging 23.5 during the regular campaign. And Lowry has been just as bad, scoring 15.5 PPG.
Fortunately for Toronto and Raptors fans across Canada, the series is now down to a best of three and the Raps have home court advantage. They only lost 9 games all season at the Air Canada Centre. Keep in mind, though, that the Pacers have already won a game at the ACC, stealing the first contest of the series, so they know they can beat the Raptors on their own floor.
Raptors vs Pacers Game 4 Video Recap
Raptors/Pacers First Round Playoff Series Summary & Schedule
- Game 1: Indiana 100 Toronto 90
- Game 2: Toronto 98 Indiana 87
- Game 3: Toronto 101 Indiana 85
- Game 4: Indiana 100 Toronto 83
- Game 5: Indiana at Toronto, Tue. 6 p.m. EST
- Game 6: Toronto at Indiana, Fri, April 29 (TBD)
- Game 7: Indiana at Toronto, Sun., May 1 (TBD)
Raptors Top-5 Playoff Scoring Leaders (through four games)
- Kyle Lowry 15.5 PPG
- Jonas Valanciunas 15.0 PPG
- DeMar DeRozan 13.3 PPG
- Cory Joseph 11.0 PPG
- Patrick Patterson 9.5 PPG
The professional sports teams are part of what makes this city so exciting. The Toronto Raptors have one of the largest and most enthusiastic fan bases in the NBA. The next game is on Tuesday at 6 pm, just head over to Jurassic Park for the next game and see for yourself.
I'd love to hear your thoughts, good or bad afterwards.