There’s No Bigger Move Than Going Small in These NBA Playoffs

The Raptors always knew they would go small in their second-round series against the Celtics—it was only a matter of when. That’s what Nick Nurse told The Athletic’s Blake Murphy after Toronto’s 125-122 double-overtime victory in Game 6 on Wednesday: “The thought process going in is it’s about three games in the making. I’ve been talking about doing it and getting to it for a long time, and I just had never found that or pulled the trigger until we got way down the other night.”

Nurse finally shifted Pascal Siakam to the 4 and OG Anunoby to the 5 with 8:22 left in the fourth quarter, and then rode that lineup the rest of the way. The small-ball lineup showed its worth immediately. Siakam and Anunoby, along with Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, and Norman Powell, made eight separate closeouts in their first possession on defense, forcing the Celtics to

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NBA playoffs – T.J. Warren wants to prove his All-Bubble status wasn’t a fluke

Elwanda Tulloch

ARTHELIA AND TONY Warren Sr. sat glued to the television inside their Raleigh, North Carolina, home on the night of Aug. 1.

“Baby, look here. He got 19 points already,” Tony noted after the opening quarter of Indiana’s first seeding game against the Philadelphia 76ers. “He might have a big game tonight. He might get 50!”

Tony sold his son short. More than 600 miles away at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, T.J. Warren posted a career-high 53 points.

“When you’re in the zone like that, it’s just tough,” the Indiana Pacers forward told ESPN. “I always knew I was capable of doing all this, but to be able to do it in this type of setting under these types of circumstances going on, it’s tough.”

Warren quickly proved he wasn’t a one-game wonder, averaging 31.0 PPG on 57.8%

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