Solomon Hill criticises Toronto Raptors style of play after loss

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The Toronto Raptors took a 3-2 lead in their series against the Indiana Pacers as the Eastern Conference matchup travelled back up to Canada for game five. 

The Raptors got the win by 102-99 despite a 39-point performance, with Pacers player Solomon Hill's game-tying buzzer beat from three-point range being waved off by officials with the ball leaving his hands after the clock hit zero. 

After the game, it wasn't that shot that Hill was talking about, rather, the Raptors style of play was the topic of discussion.


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After seeing the Pacers blow a 13-point fourth-quarter lead, Hill went in on the Raptors for their style of play, claiming that Toronto's players rely too heavily on whistles from the refs to get them to the free-throw line.

"You want to play basketball, but it's not really basketball out there," Hill said, via the Twitter account of Fox Sports Indiana. "Guys are playing for fouls, guys are going away from the concept of scoring just to try to get fouled."

This isn't the first time this series a member of the Pacers has called out the Raptors for trying to draw fouls, as head coach Frank Vogel accused Toronto of embellishing contact prior to Game 1.

Hill's criticism of the Raptors didn't end there, as the 24-year-old accused the Raptors of purposely going afterr three-time All-Star Paul George in order to get him out of the game.

"They're going at our best player, trying to get under his skin," Hill added. "If it causes them to get a tech, it really doesn't matter on their end. They're more desperate, so they're going after guys like that."

Interestingly, it is the Pacers who have been averaging more free throws throughout the series than the Raptors. The Pacers have been to the line an average of 23.4 time per game compared to 22.8 of their opponent.

Is going to the line on every single drive boring to watch? Maybe. But a lot of teams do it these days, and it works, to an extent. We're in the Playoffs, where teams will do absolutely anything to win and if that includes trying to get fouls then so be it. 

Paul George
Indiana Pacers
Central Division
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