With an opportunity to gain control of the series in Game 5, Toronto must dig deep as it did in Game 4 of the Conference Semifinals in Philadelphia.
On Monday, VanVleet found himself flying to his hometown of Rockford, Illinois, for the birth of his second child, Fred Jr.
In what many thought would be a neck-to-neck series, the Golden State Warriors have swept the Portland Trail Blazers and are headed to their 5th straight NBA Finals and will be facing the Toronto Raptors or the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA Finals.
"It makes you exhausted", VanVleet, smiling, said of welcoming a second child. "I can live with the results because I'm giving 110 per cent out there". "Hopefully, we'll see. I think he will be aggressive". Had to sit at the hospital all day, had a lot of time to think, obviously a plane ride back. Download the Uber Eats app today to order the meals you love from your favourite restaurants.
"All teams are competitive, but can you separate yourself and be elite in that area?" He made each of his three 3-point tries and finished with 13 points. He would go on to shoot 5-for-6, connecting on all three of his shots from beyond the arc, including a bank shot from the right wing when everything seemed to be going right for the Raptors early in the fourth quarter.
Raptors: Lowry scored 12 of Toronto's first 17 points. That banked 3 to go in. "It's all mental sometimes".
Helped by VanVleet, the Raptors won the battle of the bench. "That's what we're looking forward to doing (Tuesday) night".
The Bucks host Game Five Thursday night.
The series now heads back to Milwaukee tied at two games apiece.
The Bucks and Raptors series is now a best-of-three.
"The first two games, they really brought the intensity to us", Powell said. Marc (Gasol) was playing great. And much like that previous game, this was not traveling. But, like in Game 3, he stayed in the game and refused afterward to say he was in pain. "But at some point, I felt maybe he's going a little too much. We have a chance to make history".
"This may be our third game of the playoffs where everyone has kinda stepped up and played, scored and did some things well".
"We've got to guard better", Middleton said. All season long they've responded well to any sort of setback, but this is by far the most serious one they've dealt with.
Leonard and Pascal Siakam, who both played more than 50 minutes in Game 3, looked sluggish in the opening half.
"There's some speed we need there with Norman", Nurse said.
"We want the other guys to take shots", Antetokounmpo said. There's give and take there.
Game 5 is called pivotal for a reason.
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