The Toronto Raptors missed the chance to win their first playoff series since 2001 last night as they were blown out by the Indiana Pacers in game six.
The deciding game of the series will take place at the Air Canada Centre tomorrow but despite being at home, the pressure will be on the Raptors given their history in the postseason.
It has been a tough series for Toronto, who have failed to sustain a high level for consecutive games. They fluctuate from one extreme to another and it could prove to be detrimental to their chances of reaching the conference semi-finals.
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Shooting guard DeMar DeRozan has been a prime example of that up and down form. He dropped 34 points in game five but that was sandwiched in between two eight-point outings.
The Raptors' longest serving player still has his eyes on the prize and has insisted the season will go down as a failure if they fall to Indiana. After the game six loss, he simply said: "(The) season would be a failure if we don't make it out of the first round."
Game seven could have a huge say in the future of DeRozan in Toronto. The guard is an unrestricted free agent in the summer and another disappointing playoff campaign could convince both parties it's time to go their separate ways.
Despite his All-Star form in the regular season, he needs to show his bottle in the postseason as in four of the six outings so far he has been way below what we have come to expect.