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Raptors coach Nick Nurse discusses what went wrong with the team in Game 6

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by Janiel Abby Toralba

With the Toronto Raptors’ glaring loss in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Philadelphia 76ers 101-112 on Friday (Manila time), they now head to a thriller Game 7 with a tied series 3-3. After winning two consecutive games, everybody thought that the Raptors would take over Game 6 as well, putting the 76ers to a second-round early demise and advancing on to meet the Milwaukee Bucks for the Eastern Conference Finals. However, things didn’t go exactly as expected, and Raptors head coach Nick Nurse explained his opinion on what made his team lose its chance to close out the series early.

“We didn’t play with enough force. We didn’t play hard enough. We didn’t stand in there. We didn’t play with enough physicality,” Nurse said via NBA TV.

Nurse has already called out the team’s lack of intensity back in their Game 3 blowout loss. Ben Golliver of Washington Post reported what Nurse has said then: “We’re going to have to play a hell of a lot harder and a hell of a lot more physical. If we don’t do that, the prettiest things we try to do offensively aren’t going to matter much.”

Aside from Kawhi Leonard who tallied 29 points, 12 rebounds and five assists and Pascal Siakam who buried 21 points, other Raptors should also step up their game, whether offensively or defensively. With a crucial and knockout ball game on Game 7, the Raptors should know how they can build momentum and close out the game to advance in the next round.