Philadelphia quietly doubles the bet against Toronto

0
5
Philadelphia quietly doubles the bet against Toronto

For the second round of this series, the public at the Wells Fargo Center was again treated to an easy and authoritative success from its little proteges. Never worried in this meeting, from the second quarter, the Sixers actually spanked very sad Raptors (112-97).

In the wake of Joel Embiid (31 points, 11 rebounds), perfect leader of the local collective (four other players with more than 10 points), Philadelphia therefore took the opportunity to take the break in this first round (2-0), as both teams now head to Toronto, to move on to the aftermath of the festivities.

The pressure is thus on the shoulders of the Canadian franchise, which will simply not have the right to make mistakes in front of its fans, in order to avoid having to leave these playoffs by the back door and quite prematurely.

WHAT YOU MUST REMEMBER

Joel Embiid bounced back well. Rather well muzzled in Game 1 (19 points, but 5/15 on shots), the Cameroonian has regained his usual scoring standards. Author of a cannon start, with 19 points in the first quarter, he made the song to his defenders all evening, causing a bunch of fouls to go to the throwing line and finding the fault several times in the opposing defense, between furious dunks, mid-range baskets and 3-pt successes. Great Embiid, therefore, despite his alerts to the ankle and then to the arm, which occurred in each half. Not serious, obviously.

Breathless Toronto. Forced to do without Scottie Barnes, injured in the ankle, the Raptors also had to deal with the poor form of Gary Trent Jr. as well as Thaddeus Young, long uncertain before the meeting. To make matters worse, Fred VanVleet seemed out of juice (7/23 on shots, including 5/16 at 3-pts), despite his excellent first quarter (15 points, at 4/6 at 3- pts), while Pascal Siakam was quite transparent and physically limited (20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists, but 7/20 on shots). In short, only one player will have shone on the side of Toronto: OG Anunoby (26 points, 10/14 on shots).

Decisive minutes without Joel Embiid. After his first XXL quarter, the Sixers pivot logically went to rest for a few minutes, at the start of the second. And against all odds, his team flew over these few minutes disputed without him, inflicting a +12 on the Raptors! Thanks, in particular, to the beautiful entry into play of Paul Reed, to the superb score proposed by James Harden at the creation and to the multiple 3-point baskets planted by Danny Green, Tobias Harris or Tyrese Maxey. A real demonstration of collective strength by the Philadelphia players, without their franchise player.

TOPS/FLOPS

Doc Rivers. With this success, the Sixers coach won neither more nor less than the 100th victory of his career in the playoffs: 59 with Boston, 27 with Los Angeles (Clippers), 9 with Philadelphia and 5 with Orlando. He is only the fifth coach in history to reach such a total, after Phil Jackson (229), Pat Riley (171), Gregg Popovich (170) and Larry Brown (100). A dream evening for the 2008 champion, recently named among the 15 best technicians of all time.

Philadelphia Holders. In addition to Joel Embiid, whose case was mentioned previously, James Harden, Tobias Harris, Tyrese Maxey and even Danny Green also ensured this night. An impression confirmed by their very good start to the second quarter, without Embiid, but also by their performances delivered in the second half. Because, in turn, both on placed play and in transition, the Harden – Maxey – Harris triplet took malicious pleasure in punishing (with insolent success) the defensive errors of the Raptors. And, this, in order to increase the gap beyond twenty points…

OG Anunoby. Unquestionably the only Raptors player to pull out of the game today. Relatively discreet, but very clean, for three quarters, the Briton then raised his voice in the last act, in order to temporarily install doubt in the heads of the Sixers. Instigator of a 15-0 “run” in favor of the Canadian franchise, all in aggressiveness and precision from afar, OG Anunoby thus hoped to be able to overthrow Philly, but it only took a few sequences for the holders of Philadelphia to calm his enthusiasm and, above all, definitely take off again on the scoreboard.

Malachi Flynn. Not the kind of game that’s likely to push Nick Nurse to install Malachi Flynn in his rotation for the rest of this series. Mute and clumsy (0/4 on shots) in his 21 minutes of playing time, in addition to being rather naive in defense (4 fouls), the substitute leader of the Raptors was unable to take advantage of the poor form of Fred VanVleet , Gary Trent Jr.’s illness or the absence of Scottie Barnes to establish himself as the X factor of this Game 2. It’s not impossible that he will fall behind Dalano Banton in the Canadian rotation, so…

THE FOLLOWING

Game 3 overnight from Wednesday to Thursday (02:00), this time in Toronto.

76ers / 112 Shots Bounces
Players Minimum Shots 3 points LF O D T pd party Int bp CT +/- Points Rating
T.Harris 39 7/11 3/3 3/4 1 9 10 1 3 0 2 3 +23 20 27
D.Green 38 4/12 3/9 0/0 1 0 1 3 2 1 1 2 +18 11 9
J. Embiid 37 9/16 1/2 12/14 2 9 11 0 2 0 4 0 +7 31 29
T. Maxey 41 8/11 3/6 4/4 1 8 9 8 2 1 1 1 +22 23 38
J Harden 41 3/9 1/4 7/8 1 5 6 6 2 3 5 2 +17 14 19
G.Niang 9 2/3 1/2 0/0 0 0 0 1 4 0 1 0 -8 5 4
P.Reed 11 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 +8 0 1
Mr. Thybulle 10 2/3 1/2 0/0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 3 -3 5 8
S.Milton 14 1/3 1/2 0/0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 -9 3 4
Total 36/69 14/30 26/30 7 34 41 20 18 5 14 12 112
Raptors / 97 Shots Bounces
Players Minimum Shots 3 points LF O D T pd party Int bp CT +/- Points Rating
P. Siakam 41 7/20 0/1 6/7 4 6 10 5 5 1 2 0 -23 20 20
P.Achiuwa 29 3/8 0/1 1/1 2 4 6 0 3 1 0 0 -24 7 9
O.Anunoby 38 10/14 4/7 2/2 0 1 1 3 4 1 3 0 -14 26 24
F.VanVleet 44 7/23 5/16 1/2 0 4 4 7 1 3 4 2 -17 20 15
G.Trent Jr. 10 0/3 0/1 0/0 0 1 1 0 4 0 0 0 -2 0 -2
T. Young 8 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 -11 2 4
C. Boucher 30 8/13 1/3 0/0 6 2 8 0 1 0 0 2 -1 17 22
K.Birch 19 2/3 1/1 0/0 0 2 2 1 2 1 0 0 +9 5 8
Mr. Flynn 21 0/4 0/2 0/0 1 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 +8 0 -3
Total 38/89 11/32 10/12 13 22 35 16 24 7 9 4 97

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here