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Siakam Can Be The Difference for Toronto

Aggie Nation knows better than most, that through ten games of the NBA playoffs, Pascal Siakam hasn’t been himself. His “Spicy P” signature spin move in the lane a little slower, his three point shots a little flatter and his never stop motor maybe idling for a few plays. Whatever is causing this for the 2019 Most Improved Player and 2020 all-star, it better be resolved quickly because Pascal leads his defending champion Raptors into a do or die game seven against a stacked Boston Celtics team on Friday evening.

The stats backup the eye test that Siakam is in a bit of a slump, shooting just 4-31 from three point land and just 39% from the floor. Yet as Pascal goes, so do the Raptors; of the three games Pascal has posted a positive +/-, the Raptors have won, as opposed to the three games he’s posted a net negative that they’ve fallen short in. There's a reason why Pascal played more minute in the game six 2OT thriller than any player on both teams. NM State Aggie fans and the NBA world know how dominant Pascal can be, just ask the Golden State Warriors. But for those who have been watching, Raptor point guard Kyle Lowry has had to play more of the Batman role while Pascal plays Robin this series. In order for Toronto to overcome the mighty Celtics, they need Pascal to Return to his Batman form in the decisive game seven. Will he answer the call?

I know I’ll be watching tomorrow with my NM State Siakam jersey, cheering on Pascal to be the star we all know him to be. You can catch the game too tomorrow night (9/11) at 9 p.m. on TNT. Go Pascal, Go Aggies, Go Raptors!

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