important victory against Cleveland, Pascal Siakam at 35 points, the Top 6 is at hand

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important victory against Cleveland, Pascal Siakam at 35 points, the Top 6 is at hand

It’s hard to find a more important date. This Thursday, the Cavaliers traveled to Toronto for a duel announced as THE settling of scores of the week. JB Bickerstaff’s team is losing momentum and only thinks of avoiding the play-in, a fear born of the good dynamics of Nick Nurse’s men. Spoiler, at home, the Canadians upheld the trend. Debrief.

The pretty homemade boxscore is HERE!

How beautiful are these five! Still injured, Jarrett Allen lets JB Bickerstaff tamper with his roster at velleda, and it’s finally Kevin Love who finds himself propelled to position 4. A questionable defensive choice, on which we will have time to come back. On the Raptors side, the tenure of Khem Birch makes you want to invest in cryptocurrency to buy a basketball club and not sign it.

A match at the level of expectations? Clearly not. The game got off to a rough start. Leaving in a Clio to go skiing is not ideal, the first slope surprises the engine. Once the break-in was done, we saw some great actions. But it was already too late. This image of a Kevin Love posed seven meters from the basket, full axis, ready to unsheath his feet in the cement, will haunt the spectators until their last breath. The beginnings of an airball that we should/could have prevented. As if closing one eye to aim, the Cavaliers veteran sent an air hole to the right of the basket: a great moment of unease that came to cool the spectators at Scotiabank Arena. No one is insensitive to such a big gap, even when the opponent is the author. But very quickly, the eyes tap the focus on more important matters. What about the duel between Scottie Barnes and Evan Mobley? The two favorites in the race for the Rookie of the Year trophy played well, with a small home preference for Scottie Barnes (11 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 1 block), valuable in the victory. The difference is still too small to decide between them, Evan Mobley – perhaps less invested offensively, with 11 points at 5/7 shooting – made Evan Mobley, but if we had to celebrate one of the two tonight, the Canadian was on more fronts. Capable of defending an iso of Darius Garland, sequence in support below, Scottie Barnes never forgets to put his incredible mobility to work, in all areas of the game, at all times. It’s a 2001. It’s only 20 years old. It’s a UFO.

But let’s give back to Pascal what belongs to Pascal, the Cameroonian is – without possible debate – the man of this meeting. Author of 35 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists at 60% shooting including 6/7 from the parking lot, he appropriately welcomed Evan Mobley to the NBA. The Cleveland rookie – although an excellent defender – failed to restrain his vis-à-vis. He moved too far and dragged in the assists, forgetting to respect Pascal Siakam’s outside shot. This XXL performance by Spicy P returns two taboo subjects to the tiling. First, there are better helpers than the inner “presence” of Kevin love. Deuzio, yet leader of the Raptors this season with averages of 22 points, 8.3 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.2 interceptions at 49% shooting including 36% from 3-pointers, the Cameroonian was not at the All-Star Game. A controversial decision when opposite Jarrett Allen – more role player face of his franchise – was selected for the All-Star Game. This Thursday, Spicy P thus did himself justice in his own way, his team triumphed over the closest competitor to direct qualification in the Playoffs. We place one for the Toronto bench and the excellent minutes given by Chris Boucher, Precious Achiuwa or even Thaddeus Young. The Raptors, with a very good record of 41 wins for 32 losses, are now ex aequo with the Cavaliers.

There are nine games left for both franchises, the mental advantage is Canadian.

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