Ibaka displayed some palpable frustration today after Kyle Lowry picked up a technical foul, yelling at his teammate for the act when his team were down.
The Boston Celtics blew the Toronto Raptors out of Disney World today with a two-way performance that bodes well for their playoffs. They held the Raptors to just 11 points in the first quarter and 35 points in the first half.
The Celtics also piled up 62 points in the first half. Kemba Walker added insult to injury by finishing the half with a buzzer-beating shot.
Ibaka yells at Kyle Lowry for picking up technical foul
Kyle Lowry got called for a shooting foul on Jayson Tatum with the score at 82-58. Lowry vented his frustration at referee Eric Lewis, who promptly T’d him up.
With just 13 minutes or so left in the game, the 3 free throws killed all the momentum the Raptors had gained till that point in the quarter. The Celtics lost the quarter by only a couple of points.
Serge Ibaka had a moment of frustration with Kyle Lowry after that technical. Said “come on man, we’re losing!” While gesturing to the scoreboard. Fred VanVleet spoke to him seemingly to calm him down. Celtics bench started cheering pic.twitter.com/meqQjeI10E
— Taylor Rooks (@TaylorRooks) September 8, 2020
Ibaka was understandably frustrated with Lowry, who’s supposed to act like a leader in such situations instead of losing his head. The Raptors failed to capitalize on a 28-point quarter, their best of the game.
They finished the quarter down by 87-63, and that was curtains for any chances they had of staging a second-half comeback.
The Celtics will be able to close the series out in Game 6 with a win, but the Raptors would be hell bent on extending the series to a 7th and deciding game.