The Sixers’ keys to beating the Raptors

The Sixers’ keys to beating the Raptors

His leaving has opened up the path to the East title, and Toronto - the team with the NBA's second-best record this season, 58-24 - might have its best chance yet of reaching the NBA Finals.

"In relation to Ben and Kawhi and all that, I think before our eyes, Ben rose. his defensive effort in the Brooklyn series on D'Angelo [Russell]".

In my first round series preview I wrote about the Raptors grievances with the NBA's officials and the amount of fouls being called and not called against them. "It is. I felt like we had a team that could make it harder on them than we did". So it would be wrong to assume that's his matchup for the series for sure he will be on him.

Whether the Sixers can slow down Leonard in this series will be a factor. At the defensive end, the Raptors held the Magic to just 38.6% shooting from the field, and 26.5% from three-point range, and the Magic looked the part of a team defeated. More importantly, Simmons averaged an nearly unfathomable eight turnovers per game. They got to work in short order taking care of that in this game, running out to a 31-7 lead in the first quarter and never really looking back.

"We think we can win it all", Embiid said. "As the season went on, we all bought into it and started playing the way he wanted". "He looks better. He's pretty damn good".

Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell, top, and guard Caris LeVert (22) fall on the court during the second half of Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers, Saturday, April 20, 2019, in NY. Obviously [the Raptors] have a go-to guy. And now you've got Kyle and Kawhi both doing it and now those other guys don't have much choice.

Whether the Sixers' depth can produce will be a factor, but playing quality perimeter defense will be a bigger one. The building of chemistry has also been negatively affected by Butler missing games with back spasms and Embiid hobbled by a sore left knee.

Toronto won the season series 3-1 with their only loss coming in December when Leonard was out of the Raptors lineup.

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"We did our job the last four games".

"It's about winning", Lowry said.

How do you think the Sixers will do against the Raptors? Simmons hasn't fared well against Leonard during his career.

But both teams have undergone radical transformations since the last time they met each other February 5. However, it sounds like Philly could be without the services of Mike Scott for Game 1.

The top of the Eastern Conference is as deep as it's been in recent memory. Dating to last season, Embiid has scored 20-plus points in five straight playoff games, the longest streak since Iverson did it a franchise-best 22 straight times from 2001 to 2003. "What we don't have is the consistency of familiarity". The Raptors starters had another game where they were just too much for Orlando defensively, and found ways to get their own offensively, and made a talented Orlando team that had an impressive run to close the season struggle.

"We don't have that". So players heading into free agency can't be certain of their futures in Brooklyn.

"If we do, it's a blessing".

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