If the Sixers were to win Game 1 on the road, it would set an early tone over how hard of a series Philadelphia is ready to make this for Toronto, all while making a statement in regards to having what it takes to defeat the Raptors. It started with Toronto's defence but that was only the beginning. Whichever team falls in this series may be looking at big changes this off-season.
"It's about standing up for your team and standing up for what you believe in and sending a message at what I deemed to be the right time and so forth", Marks said. I don't read much, but I don't know if he gets the credit he should and we hope to have some carryover on that. When he missed Game 3, the unlikely duo of Greg Monroe and Boban Marjanovic combined for 23 points and 21 rebounds in the Sixers' 131-115 win. He's also an unrestricted free agent after this year and there has been speculation he'd be interested in moving back to his native California. Toronto acquired former Defensive Player of the Year victor Marc Gasol at the February trade deadline, in part for matchups like this. Danny Green, also acquired in the Leonard trade, has proven to be an excellent defender and capable three-point shooter.
And just like last season, the Sixers will be taking on a higher-seeded team that beat them three out of four times during the regular season. Nurse has shown a willingness to shift Siakam to centre in certain matchups, but while he has the length to challenge most fives, he's probably not strong enough to handle Embiid for long stretches. "I thought we came together defensively".
"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]".
Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid says the tendinitis in his left knee is still bothersome, but he's going to increase his workload in the second round against the Toronto Raptors regardless. Often injured and when healthy, struggling to retain his effectiveness deep into games, the superstar big man still has a lot of room to grow. And so you have Jo, you don't. (Redick) and Jimmy (Butler).
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Kingsbury's wide-open offense put up prodigious numbers in Lubbock and twice produced the national leader in passing yards. As is always the case, there were some big trades, unexpected reaches, and players who slid much farther than expected.
In addition to finishing the regular season tied for second overall in the National Basketball Association with a 32-9 SU record on home hardwood, the Raptors own a lengthy track record of success against Philadelphia.
Toronto's homecourt edge as the No. 2 seed in the East looms large - the Sixers have lost 13 straight games at Scotiabank Arena since their last win there on November 10, 2012.
Tuesday night the Raptors had the chance to do something they'd never previously done in franchise history, to leave a series the victors without the stress of a drawn-out series, and finish off a playoff opponent in short order, then get a few days rest prior to beginning the second round. He is averaging 24.8 points, 13.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 2.8 blocks per game.
Raptors guard Fred VanVleet said the Game 1 loss to Orlando served as a wake-up call.
Head coaches Nick Nurse and Brett Brown have a lot of talent at their disposal for this series, which will create an interesting tactical matchup. But knock on wood", Butler said, as he stomped his foot on the hardwood floor of Philadelphia's practice gym for emphasis, "I don't want this to happen, but what if we lose the next one?
Sidelined by a serious quadriceps injury last season, Kawhi Leonard hadn't made a playoff appearance in two years. "You go in with some ideas going. but you get a much clearer picture, obviously, after the first game". One of the Raptors' Game 1 victories came in that series.
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