OG Anunoby Potentially Saves the Toronto Raptors Season

The Toronto Raptors were trailing 2-0 in the series against the Boston Celtics entering Game 3. It appeared as if Boston was going to put the stranglehold on the series and go up 3-0, but OG Anunoby had other ideas.

With 0.5 seconds remaining in regulation, the Celtics led 103-101 over the Raptors. Kyle Lowry passed the rock over Tacko Fall. OG Anunoby let go of the ball with 0.1 seconds remaining and he drilled a three-point shot as time expired and Toronto shocked Boston in Game 3 by a final score of 104-103.

Anunoby was trying to walk away like nothing happened. He said after the game he expected to make the shot and he wasn’t trying to miss it. OG was mobbed by his teammates, especially Fred VanVleet.

The Toronto Raptors keep their realistic championship hopes alive. Maybe this is the shot that will change the series or is this just a fluke maybe? Before this Boston-Toronto series began, I thought the Celtics would win it in seven games.

I am not surprised that this isn’t going to be a sweep. I see this series now going at least six games minimum and don’t see it ending in five. A Game 7 would potentially be very interesting.

O.G. Anunoby only finished the game with 12 points for Toronto. He shot 50 percent from the field. Anunoby also grabbed 10 rebounds, recorded one assist, blocked two shots, and recorded three steals.

O.G. Anunoby is the heart and soul of this team. He missed the entire postseason last year due to an injury.

Kyle Lowry led the way for the Toronto Raptors with 31 points. He shot 56.5 percent from the field. Lowry also grabbed six rebounds, recorded eight assists, and recorded two steals.

Kemba Walker led the way for the Boston Celtics with 29 points. He shot 60 percent from the field. Walker also grabbed three rebounds, recorded three assists, and recorded three steals.

Jaylen Brown scored 19 points for Boston. He also shot 60 percent from the field. Brown grabbed 12 rebounds, recorded two assists, and blocked four shots.

Game 4 of this series is going to be on Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m. Eastern on TNT. We will see if the Toronto Raptors will keep this momentum going or will the Boston Celtics find a way to snatch it back.

Toronto couldn’t afford to have fallen into an 0-3 hole and no team in NBA History. They get to avoid not having Kawhi Leonard around talk and also Danny Green talk for now. Leonard and Green both played a big role in their championship run last season in six games against the Golden State Warriors.

It was their first NBA Title in franchise history and General Manager Masai Ujuri deserves a ton of credit for building this basketball team from the ground up though. They do miss playoff Kawhi, but he is doing it with the Los Angeles Clippers and Green is with the Los Angeles Lakers though.

Nick Nurse of Toronto and Brad Stevens of Boston are both tremendous head coaches though. We will see who responds to whom in a game of chess and checkers in Game 4 and potentially beyond though.

What did you think of O.G. Anunoby hitting the game-winning shot as time expired in Game 3 for the Toronto Raptors? Leave a comment below.

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