The Toronto Raptors entered today’s Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals as 2.5-point favorites according to most oddsmakers. However, the Boston Celtics were all over them since the start of the game and their defense truly got the best of the defending Champions.
Brad Stevens’ team jumped to a 17-point lead in the first half and led by double digits for most of the game. The Raptors never knew what hit them and most of their usual contributors struggled to get anything going in the offensive end.
Pascal Siakam continued to play poorly and only scored 13 points on 16 shots with 3 rebounds, 2 dimes, and 2 turnovers. Moreover, he was -20 in 33 minutes of play tonight and NBA Twitter just couldn’t handle it anymore.
And Siakam might be the worst scorer off the dribble in the eastern conference
— Nate Stoner (@_natestoner) August 30, 2020
Siakam woke up feeling dangerous today😈
0/3 from downtown🧱🧱
Outrebound by a dude name Daniel Theis🤡🤡
Took and L against a team with a 🌮 pic.twitter.com/iVNkUAc1xc
— Ale (@Alejandro_t9) August 30, 2020
playoff p is hereeeee
pandemic p is now reserved for pascal siakam
— NOT csinfour (@csinfour) August 30, 2020
— Joe Sher (@the_juicyjew) August 30, 2020
By the way what Siakam did today was on par w DeMar vs Cavs 2018. Nigga made the entire court smell like urine
— Nick Nurse (@dotarachii) August 30, 2020
When Siakam attempts that garbage spin move and bricks or when the Raptors miss an open 3. pic.twitter.com/yA7GSx7lQq
— Pandemic Pascal (@MJama22) August 30, 2020
Us: “the Celtics don’t have anyone who can defend Pascal Siakam”
Pascal Siakam: pic.twitter.com/0HUpHGSugf
— ኢማን (@_NopeName) August 30, 2020
Pascal Siakam every time he shoots pic.twitter.com/2EfI4EdgDt
— Chris (@ChrisTheCsFan) August 30, 2020
The Celtics looking at Siakam every time he shoots: pic.twitter.com/TNmPsIuf3s
— Ben Dover (@Alexdish22) August 30, 2020
Even though it’s just one loss, Raptors fans are heavily concerned about Siakam’s play since the restart of the season and rightfully so. ‘Spicy P’ has been quite inefficient as a scorer and just doesn’t seem quite there mentally right now. Hopefully, he’ll get it going in no time and he’ll recover his confidence. The Raptors will only get as far as he can lead them.