CJ McCollum Drops Game 7 Franchise Record!

Joel Embiid

He also has had two back surgeries in the past two years and did not play a minute this season.

The series has largely been unpredictable from night to night.

And speaking of the veteran slugger, the home run felt like the weight of frustrations came off of both the two-time MVP home run champion, and from a exhausted fan base.

Toronto is a six-point favorite at home, according to the betting line at OddsShark. They're nearly certainly the more exciting team. So will they capitalize with a big Game 7 win on the road?

McCollum made sure the Blazers punched their ticket to the Western Conference finals for the first time in 19 years, where they'll battle the team Lillard grew up watching in Oakland during some of the Golden State Warriors' leaner years.

TIP INSNuggets: Denver won the regular-season series against the Blazers 3-1. They've been blown out twice in Toronto this series. The Sixers have a tremendous starting lineup from top to bottom, and it's not like Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons are scrubs.

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By all statistical and analytical measures, the Nuggets have played better basketball in this series. That version of Embiid hasn't been seen since.

We know that Milwaukee looks good on paper, but let's be honest, George Hill, Pat Connaughton, Brook Lopez, Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe doesn't sound like a championship-contending roster.

The Raptors were tied against the Philadelphia 76ers with mere seconds left in regular time of game seven.

During their last five games, the Trail Blazers have scored an average of 113.2 points per game (1.2 below their season average) and allowed an average of 115.0 points per game (4.5 above their season average).

Kerr was asked if it is unlikely that Cousins returns in this series.

Leonard has scored at least 20 points in eight straight playoff contests.

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In its only other conference finals, Toronto lost to LeBron James and Cleveland in six games in 2016. He's done it all postseason long. The pair combined to shoot 17 of 36 from the field in Game 6, finishing with 50 points, 18 rebounds and eight assists between them. He's all but certain to maintain that level of play Sunday. "No nerves, I just felt something different the first game of the playoffs because it was something different", Jokic said when asked about any nerves he faced before his first Game 7. Not many players - even the likes of Kobe Bryant and LeBron James - have ever put up numbers like that. Aside from Game 2 where Jokic had a less-than-stellar night, he's tormented the Blazers offensively and on the glass.

The 76ers can count on Butler. Murray wasn't really the cause of the Nuggets' downfall in Game 6, but the team certainly needs him at his best in Game 7. Moreover, Lillard isn't doing the damage just by himself as his backcourt partner has been making quite a name for himself in this playoffs. Not only was it Game 7, but it might legitimately be the last chance for this group. The Raptors' bench has barely contributed.

But Jokic isn't banking on home court being enough of an edge. Their opponents have averaged 111.1 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Gasol's numbers are better in Toronto than they are elsewhere. If the Blazers start blitzing and trapping Steph as the Rockets did in Game 6, then like that game, Draymond will set the screens and become the primary playmaker facing a vulnerable defense. Those same shots should go in Sunday night. "And it's especially when things don't go your way that you show your growth", he said.

Sportsnet says its average audience for the four games it showed during the second-round series was 1.3 million viewers, a 113 per-cent increase over the same round for the Raptors past year.

Toronto is hoping for continued brilliance from its forwards. Roughly one of every four Game 7s has been decided by three points or less; 56% have been decided by a single-digit margin.

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