Stanley Johnson | Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images
(Editor’s note: With Pac-12 sports gone until January, we will be recapping every NBA playoff game that includes a former Arizona Wildcat, along with some social media reaction.)
The defending NBA champions are on the ropes.
The Toronto Raptors blew a 12-point lead late in the third quarter on Tuesday, falling 102-99 to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Third-seeded Boston now has a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Second-seeded Toronto, which swept the Brooklyn Nets in the first round, led 78-66 with 2:46 left in the third quarter before the Celtics caught fire. Or, rather, Marcus Smart did. The former Oklahoma State star hit five 3-pointers in the first four minutes of the fourth quarter, the last a four-point play that gave the Celtics an 86-85 lead with 7:55 to go.
Smart had 19 points, making 6 of 11 threes, while Jayson Tatum led all scorers with 34 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
Former UA basketball stars Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Stanley Johnson did not see action for the Raptors. The duo has only played two total minutes in the series as Toronto has drastically shortened its bench.
Game 3 of the Raptors/Celtics series is set for 3:30 p.m. MST Thursday on TNT.
Wednesday will see Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series between the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks and No. 5 seed Miami Heat, with tip set for 3:30 p.m. MST on ESPN. Miami, which features ex-Wildcats Andre Iguodala and Solomon Hill, leads 1-0 after winning Monday.
What they’re saying about Arizona’s guys on social media
Why is Rondae not touching court? I know he’s limited offensively but he needs to be apart of the rotation
— OG. (@yyzangelo_) September 1, 2020
Is Rondae Hollis-Jefferson hurt or he just doesn’t fit into the Toronto rotation? He was a big part of Brooklyn’s success not too long ago.
— Michael Walchalk (@MichaelWalchalk) September 1, 2020
Is Stanley Johnson on da raptors??
— Chad Billi (@ChadBillions) September 2, 2020