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Charles Barkley declares Game 3 victory for Toronto

Kawhi Leonard, Charles Barkley, Giannis Antetokounmpo

The Toronto Raptors have their backs against the wall in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals as they get set to do battle with the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday night, but that did not stop Charles Barkley from predicting that the Raptors would win on their home court.

Charles Barkley got a rise out of the crowd when he said that Toronto was his favorite city in the world before guaranteeing that the Raptors would secure a crucial victory.

After letting Game 1 slip through their fingers, the Raptors were utterly destroyed in Game 2. But Toronto fans are hoping that a return home will do some good for their team, who desperately need a win if they hope to have any chance of reaching their first NBA Finals in franchise history.

While Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry have played like stars through the first two games, Pascal Siakam and Marc Gasol have struggled immensely as the Bucks have dominated the paint.

Toronto has had no answer inside, as Brook Lopez has pulled Gasol out to the perimeter with his shooting proficiency during this series while Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging over 15 rebounds per game.

Still, the Raptors may draw hope from their performance in Game 1, where they controlled the first three quarters before the Bucks were able to hold Leonard to just three field goal attempts and two points in the final twelve minutes.

With Lowry excelling and Leonard scoring at an elite level, the Raptors need their role players to step up and deliver in Game 3 – something Barkley, clearly, expects them to do.