It was not to be Toronto’s day as Raptors Uprising GC fell to a disappointing 3-0 series defeat (18-21, 15-22, 12-22) to Celtics Crossover Gaming in their fourth matchup of group play in the SWITCH OPEN.
The defeat leaves Raptors Uprising sitting third in their group, one point behind the Heat, but having played a game more than their rival.
With just one point from four, Toronto’s final two series of group play have now become much more significant.
Kenny Got Work, Big Saint and Plondo were the trio that Toronto decided to go with on the night, and they made a bright start right from get-go in Game 1.
Both Toronto and Boston traded narrow leads in the first game, and despite a tight ending, it was the Celtics who drew first blood via a 21-18 scoreline.
The early stages of Game 2 saw Raptors Uprising and Celtics once again remain close to each other one the scoreboard, but midway through, Boston established a five-point lead and ultimately recorded a 22-15 victory to move one-away from a sweep.
Game 3 was one to forget for Toronto, as the Celtics dominated and sealed a 22-12 win to take the series 3-0.
Kenny led the team in scoring once again with 32 points across the three games while also co-leading the assists category with Saint as the pair tallied five each.
After the loss, Plondo shared his thoughts on a tough series for him and the squad.
“It was a tough one. We tried a new lineup and had a good week of scrims. I thought it would’ve been a good adjustment for us to switch up the playing styles. But they’re a good 3v3 team and they just performed better than us.”
Plondo also spoke on how important momentum is throughout a 3v3 series.
“In 3v3, the first game is the most important, especially the early possessions.
“When you don’t get off to a good start, it’s tough to come back from, but everyone was still trying to fight in all three games, so that’s all you really ask for at the end of the day.
“We can compete with anyone. It’s tough when you have those close games that can be swayed off of one turnover or one missed out. I feel like on any given day, we can beat anyone.”
Ahead of a must-win against the Heat in their next series, Plondo expressed just how important Wednesday truly is.
“It’s probably our biggest game for the 3v3 season, it’s definitely a must-win.
“We want to do it convincingly instead of having a close game and being in tight scenarios.”
In terms of Toronto’s road to Indy, Plondo said that all eyes are on the games ahead.
“All we can do is look forward and try not to look back.”
Raptors Uprising GC will face Heat Check Gaming in their penultimate series of group play on Wednesday, June 22nd, with Game 1 scheduled for 7:00 pm EST.
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