Struggling stars Siakam, VanVleet hurt Raptors in pivotal Game 3 loss to Sixers_freckle removal gel

Struggling stars Siakam, VanVleet hurt Raptors in pivotal Game 3 loss to SixersPascal Siakam, a potential All-NBA candidate, and Fred VanVleet, the Raptors' lone all-star this season, both struggled during Toronto's 104-101 overtime loss to the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series.

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Toronto all-stars finish with 12 points apiece as team falls into 3-0 hole

Steven Loung · The Canadian Press(Cole Burston/Getty Images)

Two of the best things going for the Toronto Raptors this season were the exact opposite on Wednesday.

Pascal Siakam, a potential All-NBA candidate, and Fred VanVleet, the Raptors' lone all-star this season, both struggled during Toronto's 104-101 overtime loss to the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series.

They each finished with only 12 points. Siakam didn't score a single point in the entire second half and overtime and only attempted five field-goal attempts in those three periods — he took just one shot in overtime — while VanVleet was ineffective from the field the whole game, going 3-for-13 from the floor.

This lack of production from Toronto's two stars is a key reason why the club is in a 3-0 hole, a deficit that no team in NBA history has ever come back from.

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