• Cory Joseph said it best, the Raptors were “saved by the bell” on Tuesday night. Solomon Hill hit a three-pointer to tie the game at the end of regulation, but the replay showed Hill got off the shot too late to send the game to overtime. DeMar DeRozan carried the Raptors with 34 points, leading the way for a massive 23-2 run to start the fourth quarter for a crazy comeback win. More on that below. Meanwhile, the Hawks and Celtics were in a blowout after the Hawks put up 74 points in the second and third quarters combined. The Pizza Man Isaiah Thomas went ice cold and left the game with an ankle injury late. It looks like he will avoid the all-star injury list in this postseason, as Thomas has vowed to play Game 6 on Thursday. Tied series were broken on Tuesday with the home teams now leading 3-2. Let’s take a look at recaps and some news and notes from around the association in Wednesday’s Daily Dish.

    RAPTORS 102, PACERS 99

    The Raptors saw themselves down 13 to start the fourth quarter at home in a crucial Game 5. A loss meant they would go on the road for an elimination game. Not on DeMar DeRozan’s watch. DeRozan scored 34 points (10-for-22 FGs, 12-for-13 FTs) with two threes, three boards, two assists and one steal in 39 minutes on Tuesday. He went to the line with 13 seconds left and nailed two free throws to pad the Raptors lead by three points, which turned out to be just enough. DeRozan was averaging 13 points per game in the first four contests, so the timing couldn’t be better for the Raptors. His 34-point effort ties Vince Carter for the most 30-point games in the playoffs for the Raptors at four each.

    Raptors coach Dwane Casey messed with rotations all night, sitting Luis Scola all game in favor of a variety of stretch fours (including DeRozan), but especially Patrick Patterson. Patterson played 25 minutes in the win, shooting 3-for-10 from the field for seven points with one three ball, two rebounds and one assist. He wasn’t as effective as Casey hoped, so keep an eye on Scola moving back in to the rotation. Neither is worth strong DFS consideration.

    A big reason for the Raptors’ struggles in this series has been the play of Kyle Lowry. He burned DFS owners again on Tuesday, shooting 3-for-11 from the field and 7-for-8 from the line for 14 points with one three ball, four rebounds, five assists and one steal in 36 minutes of play. Lowry had just one field goal at the half and had to be relieved that DeRozan was carrying the Raptors on his back to a victory. Owners in both DFS leagues and playoff leagues aren’t earning the value they paid for and have to hope that he breaks out of this funk. I’m betting that he will very soon.

    DeMarre Carroll was also quiet in the victory, scoring five points (1-for-3 FGs, 3-for-4 FTs) with three boards and two steals in 25 minutes. Stay away in DFS.

    The bench came up big for the Raptors behind the play of Norman Powell and Bismack Biyombo. Powell played 28 minutes on Tuesday, scoring 10 points on 4-for-11 shooting from the field and 2-for-2 from the line with four rebounds and two steals. Powell was key during the Raptors’ 23-2 run in the fourth quarter, scoring four of his 10 points and providing energy on both ends of the court. His 28 minutes are a playoff-high and a sign that coach Casey is showing trust in his rookie at a very important juncture in the series. Credit Casey to leave in Powell late in the fourth as his +16 led the Raptors. It will be interesting to see if Casey moves Powell to the starting lineup.

    Casey sure wasn’t shy to stick with what worked, as Biyombo saw more minutes than Jonas Valanciunas. Biyombo shot 3-for-5 from the field and 4-for-4 from the line for 10 points with 16 rebounds and one assist in 23 minutes. Biyombo was cleaning up the boards during the 23-2 run (he had seven rebounds during that stretch), which explains Casey’s hesitation to change what was working. Valanciunas has had a terrific series, so owners have nothing to worry about. I’d still consider Val a high risk/high reward DFS option.

    The Pacers looked well on their way to a key victory in the series until the fourth quarter when they blew a 13-point lead. Paul George was absolutely terrific, shooting 11-for-19 from the field and 12-for-12 from the line for 39 points with five threes, eight boards, eight assists, two steals and one block in 41 minutes. Each time he sat for rest, the Raptors roared back as George finished with a +15 in his 41 minutes, meaning the Pacers were a putrid -18 in the seven minutes when PG-24 sat on the bench. Expect George to lay it all on the line at home Friday night for Game 6. Get him in to those DFS lineups.

    Pacers coach Frank Vogel sat both PG-24 and George Hill to start the fourth quarter, which ignited the massive Raptors comeback. Hill continued his hot shooting on Tuesday, going 5-for-9 from the floor and 1-for-1 from the line for 15 points with four threes, two boards, three assists, one steal and one block in 34 minutes. Hill came off of an excellent shooting display on Saturday when he went 9-for-11 from the field for 22 points. As a Hill owner this year, I’d be surprised if he keeps up this efficiency. He won’t be in any of my DFS lineups.

    Hill and Monta Ellis seemed to have switched bodies in this series. Ellis shot 3-for-10 from the floor and 2-for-2 from the line for eight points with four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Ellis is shooting 34.6 percent in his last three games, two of which were Pacer losses. Good Monta needs to show up if the Pacers want a shot to even the series on Friday.

    The Pacers noticeably played a ton of small ball. Near-savior Solomon Hill logged 30 minutes, shooting 3-for-4 from the field (3-for-3 from 3PT) and 2-for-2 from the line for 11 points with six boards. Hill hit a clutch three-pointer with 15.9 seconds left to close the gap to 100-99 just before DeRozan’s free throws expanded the deficit to three points. You already know what happened after that. Hill’s 30 minutes off the bench are a playoff high for him this postseason.

    Foul trouble became a frustrating factor for owners invested in Ian Mahinmi on Tuesday. Mahinmi shot 1-for-2 from the field and 2-for-2 from the line for four points with six rebounds in 18 minutes. He picked up his fourth foul early in the third quarter and had to stay on the bench for most of the second half. Despite his recent back injury, Mahinmi should bounce back and be serviceable for owners in Game 6.

    Myles Turner logged most of the minutes at center in the Pacers small ball lineups with 35 total minutes. Turner came off cold shooting on Saturday (2-for-13 FGs, four points) but rebounded nicely on Tuesday. Turner shot 7-for-10 from the field for 14 points with eight boards, one assist and three blocks. He is starting to earn the trust of DFS enthusiasts and is an intriguing option moving forward.

    The Raptors lead the series 3-2. The Pacers will be at home for Game 6 on Friday.

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