Raptors, Trail Blazers advance to conference finals — Sunday's National Basketball Association roundup

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Toronto went 0 for 8 from 3-point range in the first quarter.

The Raptors will now face off against the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Nuggets rank fifth in fast break points allowed per game (11.9) while the Trail Blazers rank 15th (13.9). He told me to get to the midrange, get to the floater, get to the rim as much as possible, so I just tried to be as aggressive as possible ... So will they capitalize with a big Game 7 win on the road?

"They're trying to show bodies and make me play in a crowd", Lillard said after Sunday's game. They're nearly certainly the more exciting team. They can't expect to do that again and beat the Blazers.

After dispatching Orlando 4-1 in the opening round, the conference semifinals have been a see-saw series with wild shifts in momentum.

Sunday (May 11) brings two huge Game 7s in the NBA Playoffs with the Portland Trail Blazers vs. Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers vs. Toronto Raptors.

Nurse had zero interest in entertaining that possibility on Saturday. "I don't even know if she will be OK".

It truly has to be seen to be believed. All the Nuggets need to do is hold serve at home against the Trail Blazers and they'll be in the conference finals for the first time in 10 years. "We came out a little tight defensively". The Nuggets were the surprise team of this season and unfortunately, their ride is likely going to end here. And he was confident on offence, I thought.

The Warriors now are 1 in the postseason in scoring with 118.1 points per game.

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After the game, when asked about the altercations that have happened this series Barton shrugged.

"He's a phenomenal shooter", Nurse said. "It was a blessing to be able to get to that point and make that shot and feel that moment". Golden State trailed by one after the opening quarter, stood tied at the half and was down five after three quarters before rallying. "That's where we are". He is averaging 33 points a game this postseason and doing so shooting 48% from deep. Nikola Jokic, a monster this entire series and really this entire postseason (the first of the All-Star big man's career) ran out of gas late on a night when the triple-double threat scored 29 points and grabbed 12 rebounds but managed just two assists. He's all but certain to maintain that level of play Sunday.

"I give Toronto credit for a tenacious, switching defense", 76ers coach Brett Brown said.

By all statistical and analytical measures, the Nuggets have played better basketball in this series.

Ahead of what could be their season finale, the Raptors appeared relaxed and confident on Saturday. Kyle Lowry: These two have had their fair share of struggles in the playoffs, both in the past and at times this season.

Gasol said he draws confidence in the team's bounceback ability. "Sometimes you have to force yourself to get away from it".

Kevin Durant is out for at least Game 1 of the WCF, source tells ESPN. How we responded, I liked that. After being down 2-1 earlier in the series and having their backs against the wall, the Blue Jays moved on the ALCS and the Rogers Centre went bonkers, along with baseball fans across the country. And now we're 3-3. Not only was it Game 7, but it might legitimately be the last chance for this group. Both teams have stolen one game on the road. That's all you can do, leave it all on the floor. In a series that will feature a number of key individual matchups, this is one of the most important.

Game 1 tips Wednesday in Milwaukee, with the Bucks coming off a week's rest and getting Malcolm Brogdon back from injury. He spoke for the team in that it's got greater goals in mind. As in, if all goes well, the Toronto freakin' Raptors can compete for a spot in the NBA Finals. It means a lot; If we can pick, we're going to play Game 7 at our home.

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