Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam says a whole lot of the blame for the team’s second-spherical playoff exit is on his shoulders.
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“Of course, I have to be better,” Siakam explained following the Raptors’ Match 7 loss to the Boston Celtics. “It was undoubtedly a learning instant for me just discovering from this experience and just understanding that you’ve gotta be ready and I wasn’t equipped to support my teammates. I choose a great deal of the blame, man.”
Siakam, who was selected to the Japanese Meeting All-Star team this season, averaged just 14.9 points on shooting to 38.2% all through the Raptors’ seven-sport collection in opposition to the Celtics.
“I am very pleased of him and I adore him,” Raptors guard Fred VanVleet stated of his teammate. “He is my brother. I am going to go to war with him any day, and I know that he did not participate in up to his typical and he failed to participate in the way that he’d like to, but I cherished his effort and his intensity, and he never pointed fingers, he hardly ever was a lousy teammate.
“He just stored making an attempt and it did not perform out for him. It is aspect of the journey. All people has ups and downs, and however his came at this time. It comes about. It happens to absolutely everyone.”
The Celtics will engage in the Heat in the Eastern Convention Finals, Tuesday.