Boston vs. Toronto. In the playoffs. Finally.
Two teams near the top of the East for years that have somehow avoided each other come the postseason will finally meet up Sunday in the start of a highly-anticipated second-round matchup.
Kyle Lowry will be on the court for the game for Toronto, coming off a sprained ankle in the Raptors’ close-out game that had fans and the franchise worried. Lowry will start Sunday.
Toronto is going to need Lowry — both his buckets and his defense — in what is a fascinating series. Lowry averaged 19.4 points and 7.5 assists a game during the regular season.
A few angles to watch in this series:
• Will Jayson Tatum be able to stay All-NBA hot with Nick Nurse throwing interesting defensive wrinkles at him?
• Will Toronto be able to score enough to win? Their offense has struggled against top-10 defenses (and this is where they need Lowry and Pascal Siakam to create in the halfcourt, Kawhi Leonard isn’t there to bail them out).
• Will Toronto be able to dominate the paint enough to win?
There are so many more. This series will be a chess match of great coaches and a test for great players to rise to the moment.
And we finally get to see it.