Feisty Nuggets-Trail Blazers series down to decisive finale

May 14 02:54 2019

For what it’s worth, the Raptors went 26-15 on the road, proving they’re more than capable of winning games away from home. Here are the VGR simulation results for Sunday’s big Western Conference semifinals game. The Philadelphia-Toronto victor goes to top-seeded Milwaukee for Game 1 of the East finals Wednesday.

Sportsnet says its average audience for the four games it showed during the second-round series was 1.3 million viewers, a 113 per-cent increase over the same round for the Raptors a year ago. This series should be wildly competitive with some wonderful star power involved. Bautista had been a late-bloomer that got an opportunity in Toronto in his late-20’s, ran with it and flourished, and lived through the leaner years before those playoff teams in 2015 and 2016.

We knew about Giannis Antetokounmpo, who, even in a post-season with Leonard rising, is the most unstoppable force in the game right now.

Kyle Lowry had a brief injury scare during the Toronto Raptors’ Game 7 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. If the Raptors are going to have any shot at knocking off Milwuakee to make their first-ever NBA Finals, it will have to be the non-Kawhi members of the team who step up and make themselves known. Their opponents have averaged 106.9 points on 43.4 per cent shooting.

Serge Ibaka added 17 points, and Pascal Siakam had 11 points and 11 rebounds for Toronto. The Sixers have a tremendous starting lineup from top to bottom, and it’s not like Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons are scrubs. The Warriors have home court advantage again here as the top seed in the Western Conference and will need everyone to contribute to prevail in this one. Only Russell Westbrook has had more flagrant fouls than Embiid this season. Do not sleep on Golden State without Durant, though. They got beyond the failures of the previous two seasons, and for the first time they beat a 50-win team in the playoffs, even if Leonard did have to drag them across the finish line to do it.

Butler made one of two free throws, cutting the lead to three. When those are falling, James Harden and his crew are juggernauts. Golden State is below average defensively as they are 13 in scoring defense, allowing 112.3 points a night. Neither team can expect to shut the other’s star down, but the extent to which they can limit the damage they do will go a long way. Two out of four.

The Nuggets shot 2-19 from deep Sunday, which, um, isn’t ideal.

Not having Embiid in any games during the postseason would put Philly at a severe disadvantage.

Jokic’s third-quarter 3-pointer briefly gave the Nuggets a 76-75 lead, but Lillard answered with his own 3 to reclaim it. But Game 6 was an entirely different scenario as Hood and Collins conspired to outduel their counterparts, doing an wonderful job on both offense and defense. Rodney Hood also came up big with his much-important 25 points off the bench, while Zach Collins imposed his presence down low, steadying the Blazers with his outstanding defensive performance of 5 total blocks.

Portland is on a two game losing streak after topping the Nuggets Friday night, Game 3 in a quadruple 140-137 overtime game, 68 minutes of playoff basketball, the first since the Boston Celtics defeated the Syracuse Nationals in 1953.

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