'I was asking where they were going': Chris Boucher on clapping back at 76ers fans

Toronto Raptors forward Chris Boucher discusses what he's learned about the postseason during this series and Precious Achiuwa joining him in clapping back at 76ers fans who were "talking reckless" during Game 5.

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- I asked Scottie the same question. How much do you feel like momentum translates in the playoffs from game to game, or does each game just start anew?

CHRIS BOUCHER: I think there's just so much more adjustments. You know, if you lose a game, then you got to figure out a way to be better the next game. So I think if there's a change, it's that. But compared to the regular season, I think we go into every game to try to win. And it depends on who we're playing. The matchups are different. The schemes are different. So that's probably the biggest adjustment.

- Is the prep a lot different than in the regular season, knowing that you're preparing for the same team, that you're spending more time, I guess, on adjustments than--

CHRIS BOUCHER: Not really. Because, I mean, at the end of the day, we're trying to play every game to get to the playoffs. So we try to get that early, knowing what schemes, how to prepare, and how to scout every team. So I think from the beginning of the season all the way from preseason to playoff, preparations always the same. It's just different teams.

- Chris, people always talk about how much of a benefit is to have veteran presence on teams for the postseason when it comes to, like, mindset. So do you feel as though there's even more benefit to have so much youth on this team because it's almost at times, it's like they go out there, and they want to win games, and there's not reason why they can't lose. Like, they're not jaded yet, right?

CHRIS BOUCHER: Yeah, I think it's a combination of both. Having a little bit of youth just because they could always get better. They're always learning. And you never know, you know, what else they got in their game. And for the vets, it's just kind of bring stability and structure. And if you got a mixture of both, usually, it makes a good team. Because, like I said, you need a little bit of both to be a really good team, and especially in the playoff.

A lot of teams, you know, you see the surprise right now, Pelicans with Phoenix and all. So if you watch the NBA games right now, there's a lot of new names. And there's a lot of older names too. So it's a combination of both.

- When you think about game 3, just how heartbreaking it could have been, do you feel as though that kind of shifted the mindset of the team of, we can actually come back?

CHRIS BOUCHER: Oh, yeah. It feel like we always, you know, get a couple slap in the face before we start playing well. So I think that last game 3 I think it really helped us just realize what we need to do. And like I said, losing like that really opens your eyes not just the individual, but as a team. So we're making adjustments every day. And the goal is to win the game. So one game at a time, hopefully. And we could win this series.

- Chris, having said that, have you noticed a difference in the locker room In terms of morale after game 3 and now?

CHRIS BOUCHER: Mm-mm. No. we all the same, I think. We're all laughing. We're all happy. Obviously, after game 3, it wasn't the same a little bit. But it all came back to the same. I think we know the kind of group of guys that we. You know, we don't stay down for too long. So that's a good thing.

- Chris, this is the biggest role you've had in the playoffs. What have you learned about playoff basketball?

CHRIS BOUCHER: It's a long series. That's all. That's really what I can tell you. You look at game 1, game 2. You know, we came out flat. And then game 3, I felt like we played well. We just lost on a buzzer-beater. But you realize that we're in game 6 now. So it's been a long series, and you can always do better. And like I said, it's one game at a time. So if there's something I learned, it's that's what I learned, for sure.

- What do you feel you guys have figured out about Embiid? Sort of you're not-- guy's going to score, and he's going to rebound. But you've got him more under control now than you did earlier.

CHRIS BOUCHER: It's the same thing, I think, different scheme, believe in the scheme and like I said, he's a great player. But we just got to make it hard on him. And that's the only way to stop him, really, is to make it hard on him and stop the easy ones. And then if he makes tough one all game, then we could live with that.

- You've mentioned the one game at a time thing a few times now. Obviously, you know the stats about being down 0-3. Is that discussed at all as a motivational point? Or is it just, if it's 3-3, then we can talk about it, but until then?

CHRIS BOUCHER: No, we're just mad that we didn't win game 3, to be honest with you. That's all. And now we're just trying to win one game at a time. We ain't got nothing to lose. You know, if we lose, it's over. So at the end of the day, we're just going in there and play. And we're also playing more like we used to play, our defense and offensive rebound, running in transition, score off of turnovers. So beside that, I don't think we really think about the 3-0 anymore.

- Chris, there was a moment in game 5 where you got called for a foul. I think maybe you thought you were straight up. Pascal came over and had a little conversation with you. I'm wondering, especially when Fred's not in the game, how Pascal kind of stepped up as a leader on the court this season.

CHRIS BOUCHER: Yeah. I mean, I think Pascal is-- like I said, his maturity and growth this year is not only on the court, but just as a person. I think just the way that he approach the players, different teammates on his team, I think he's figuring out so many ways of how to approach them and when to approach them. And it's really beautiful to see, because, I mean, I was there when we won the championship. And he was doing it by-- on the court, [INAUDIBLE] on the court, wasn't really a leader like that when it came to approaching players.

But now I feel like he has a combination of both. And it's really amazing to see it just for me. I mean, being here, you see the growth. And it's a blessing.

- Chris, before the playoffs, Nick said he felt like this roster was sort of built for the playoffs.

CHRIS BOUCHER: Mm-hmm.

- Do you see that? And why do you think that would be?

CHRIS BOUCHER: I can't tell you. I can't see that. But, yeah, I do see that we're, you know-- we're young. That's the one thing I could say. Like, I think if you ask everybody, was like, OK, they're young. How long is it going to take for them to figure it out?

But I think when you look at talent, hard work, passion, I think we all had that from Fred all the way to David Johnson. And now we just-- like I said, it's at a point where, like, you could tell that when the pieces are putting together, we could be a really good team, and especially when our back's against the wall. I think that's when we perform the best, honestly.

- Do you feel like mismatch hunting becomes more important in the playoffs than in the regular season?

CHRIS BOUCHER: Yeah. I mean, the game slows down a lot more. So I mean, when you have a mismatch, you feel like you can score every time. And, you know, let's say four quarter, four minutes. You want your best players against you, the weakest link on the other side.

So honestly, like I said, playoff is a different monster, to be honest with you. And you see the real scorers. You see the real mismatch. And every mistake counts. So definitely when you have mismatch, you want to use it.

- Chris, you said game 3 opened your eyes to things.

CHRIS BOUCHER: Yeah.

- Maybe just you, but the team. What did that experience open your eyes to, losing a game like that.

CHRIS BOUCHER: I mean, I've been with Toronto for so long. I watched buzzer-beaters. I watch Jeremy Lamb hit the buzzer-beater at halfcourt and all that. And then you just get to the next game. But that one that actually sticks to it. When you look back and you see 3-0, it kind of hurt over a shot. And you're like, damn, man, maybe I could have contested one. Maybe we could have stopped that play, and then it changed the whole series.

So it definitely hurts a lot more. And you don't want to be in that position anymore. So during the game, you think about every mistake you make. And you're like, OK, well, we're up 10. That turnover it might have cost us the game. That's really how you think about the game a lot more and, you know, play-- that's what the playoff does to you.

- How do you balance that, you know, [INAUDIBLE] you versus, like, still playing aggressively [INAUDIBLE]?

CHRIS BOUCHER: I mean, I can't make more mistake than I ever did before. So I think that from now on, it's a lot easier for me to limit my mistakes, going from two to one, three to one. It's a lot better when you look at the stat, sheet and you see that you're doing a lot better every game. And that takes a lot of pressure off.

- Chris, I think Thad assisted on seven of your baskets in the past couple games. What's it been like playing with him as a facilitator off the bench?

CHRIS BOUCHER: He told me to keep cutting. He's going to find me. So that makes it a lot easier. And we got a real IQ. And like I said, it's another playmaker on the team. You know, Scottie used to do it, Fred, Pascal. OG could do it sometime. Now you got Thad off the bench.

It's just, like I said, like another playmaker. And when you do it a couple of times and you see that it's working, you seem to always find a way to keep it going. And Thad was to find me, so that's good.

- Obviously, different players totally, but you were able to see what it was like when Marc Gasol came to the team. Is it sort of similar, somebody who can, like, read [INAUDIBLE]?

CHRIS BOUCHER: Yeah, I mean, Marc Gasol brought that to the team when I was there. So it definitely feels good to see another player that could do it. I feel Scottie does that too. So it's not like it was new. I feel like I just needed a couple of minutes. And obviously he came to the team a little late. So we have to figure things out. But, yeah, it definitely feels good to see that me and him got a little chemistry going on the cuts and stuff.

- [INAUDIBLE] question. But what was it like to kind of be a part of that Philly crowd that saw you-- some of the fans were getting at you?

CHRIS BOUCHER: Yeah.

- What's it like now coming back and kind of have the crowd working in your favor?

CHRIS BOUCHER: Oh, it was cool. I was asking them where they were going. That's all-- that's all I was wondering. I feel like a lot of-- a lot of their fans went back of the bench. And they were talking reckless, to be honest with you.

And to be honest with you, sometimes you-- if they would have won the game, I bet they would have said a lot of stuff. So, fortunately, they didn't. And fortunate for us we did. So me and Precious had a good time talking back to them.

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- [INAUDIBLE] to have a crowd kind of around you [INAUDIBLE] the shots from Jurassic Park, people standing out there in the rain. How much of a motivation is that for you?

- Oh, it's amazing. Like I said, they bring so much energy. You can feel, like, that basketball hasn't been in town for so long. And the fans are into it. And we're going to need that for game 6 because, like I said, it's a big game. And we can't do it without them, honestly.

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- Thanks, everybody.

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