1. Siakam needs to get back on track
If there is one thing that could be a major bonus for the Raptors, it’s that the team hasn’t seen Pascal Siakam play to his full potential.
Now, relying on him to flip on the switch against a tough Celtics team isn’t an ideal scenario but it just shows that there is room for improvement with this squad. The Raptors are going to need all hands on deck in this series especially their versatile defenders like Siakam.
In their one and only meeting in the Orlando bubble, Boston made it a point of shutting down Siakam as he went 5-of-15 shooting and finished the game with 11 points. That type of production is worrisome because it gives the Celtics confidence in knowing they can shut him down.
It is also helpful that Siakam has put up big numbers against the Celtics considering he had 33 points and eight rebounds back in October. Siakam also averaged 22 points per game in four games against Boston so if he can get back on track offensively, it gives more reason to be confident that the Raptors can get the job done in this series,