Celtics

Celtics Talk Podcast: Are the Raptors back in this series?

Celtics

Did OG Anunoby just save the Toronto Raptors' season?

That was a popular question Thursday night after Anunoby hit an improbable 3-pointer with 0.5 seconds remaining to lift Toronto to a 104-103 win over the Boston Celtics in Game 3.

Instead of trailing 3-0 and facing elimination, the Raptors have a chance to tie their second-round series with the Celtics on Saturday and completely shift the momentum of the series.

But has the momentum shifted already? NBC Sports Boston's A. Sherrod Blakely, Kyle Draper and Chris Forsberg discussed on the latest Celtics Talk Podcast -- and Blakely isn't ready to declare Toronto back from the dead.

Celtics Talk Podcast: How will C's respond after Raptors' stunning Game 3 victory? | Listen & subscribe | Watch on YouTube

"There were so many things I thought the Raptors did well that the Celtics did not do well, and yet it literally come down to the perfect conflation of a lot of things going Toronto's way for them to get a one-point win," Blakely said. "If I'm the Celtics, I don't think you really need to change a whole lot up. I think you just need to continue to do what you did in Game 3, just a little bit better.

"If you're Toronto, I think there's a certain amount of doubt in you, because so many things went your way in that last second. If you need that perfect of a scenario to get a one-point win where there's no home-court advantage for you, you're probably in more trouble than you want to acknowledge."

 

Draper sees things differently, however, and wasn't afraid to let Blakely know.

"That's a homer take, Sherrod," Draper responded. "You could argue the Raptors are trending in the right direction. Game 1, they didn't show up. Game 2 was a much better effort, they just didn't finish down the stretch. Game 3, they got over the hump.

" ... If you're the Raptors, you've got a new lease on life. You say to yourself, 'We haven't played well, we haven't gotten (Pascal) Siakam going.' ... So, if you're the Raptors, you might be feeling good."

Forsberg: Jaylen ready to atone for 'f---ing disgrace' of Game 3

Forsberg raised another concerning development for Boston: Raptors guard Fred VanVleet found his shooting stroke in Game 3 after struggling in Games 1 and 2 and could give the Celtics serious headaches if he continues to play well.

That said, Forsberg still sees this series as Boston's to lose -- provided Brad Stevens' club can get in the right mindset after Thursday's heartbreaking loss.

"It's who dusts themselves off the quickest and gets back to playing basketball," Forsberg said. "I still think the Celtics are the better team, but they've got to respond and show it."

For more reaction from Thursday's wild Game 3, check out the latest episode of the Celtics Talk Podcast on your favorite podcast app or watch it on YouTube below.