The Toronto Raptors host the Indiana Pacers on Sunday in Game 7 of their first round series in the Eastern Conference Playoffs.
The Pacers served the upset in Game 1 (100-90) to take the homecourt advantage from the second-seeded Raptors but Toronto won the next two games, 98-87 in Game 2 and 101-85 in Game 3 in Indiana to retake the homecourt advantage.
The Pacers tied the series at 2-2 after a Game 4 win (100-83) and the teams won on their home floor in Game 5 (102-99 for Toronto) and Game 6 (101-83 for Indiana).
Paul George, the Pacers superstar, played the mind games before the do-or-die Game 7 saying that all the pressure is on the Toronto side.
“There’s added pressure on them, being at home, their troubles getting out of the first round,” George said via ESPN. “It comes down to who wants it. And we feel good about it.”
The Raptors have lost in two first round series the last two seasons despite owning homecourt advantage in the playoffs. A loss on Sunday will mean three straight first round series losses for Toronto and their star DeMar DeRozan knows it will be an embarrassing ending if they can’t win Game 7 against the Pacers.
“The season would be a failure if we don’t get out of the first round and give ourselves a chance to play in the second round,” DeRozan said, also via ESPN. “We understand that.”
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