Game 2 Film Breakdown | Philadelphia 76ers vs. Toronto Raptors
Guarding Siakam with Embiid
The (potentially) series changing adjustment made by the 76ers in Game 2 was clear as day: Joel Embiid and the 76ers Centers guarded Pascal Siakam.
They sagged off him and dared him to take floaters and above-the-break jumpers.
The result: 4 for 16 shooting from Siakam when guarded by a 76ers Center and an unbearably low PPP on such possessions (even when accounting for fouls and offensive rebounds)
Posting Up Gasol – 1:55
By guarding Siakam with Embiid, the 76ers were forced into guarding Marc Gasol with Tobias Harris.
In the first half, Toronto had trouble deciphering the code. A combination of poor perimeter shooting and uncharacteristically subpar passing lead to missing the shooters in the Weak Side of the floor when the 76ers invariably doubled Gasol in the post
In the second half, the Raptors adjusted by bringing Siakam to the Strong Side of the floor which shifted the geometry of the floor to make the off-ball defenders less likely to help when Gasol made kick-out passes.
The Raptors need to continue to punish the Gasol-Harris mismatch if they have any hope of getting Embiid off of Siakam.
Showing High vs. Pick & Rolls – 3:11
The 76ers let Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris run the offense more with pick and rolls – even with Simmons on the floor.
Toronto combatted this by “showing” high with the screener’s defender (Gasol) to force Butler/Harris to pass out. This was to take advantage of Simmons’ lack of gravity and the ability to help off-ball more.
However, help was often late and Toronto allowed rollers to finish in the restricted area when they forced Butler/Harris to make a pocket pass.
Defending Embiid’s Post Ups – 4:04
The Raptors had less success defending Embiid’s post ups in Game 2. From a putrid 0.33 PPP in Game 1, the 76ers were able to generate nearly 0.90 PPP in possessions in which Embiid posted up.
Kawhi Hunting the Mismatch: 6:03
In Game 1, Kawhi Leonard attacked J.J. Redick by forcing his man to set a ball screen. The 76ers didn’t want to switch this action and instead decided to “Hedge & Recover”.
This produced an out-of-this world 1.88 points per possession the 8 times it was used to begin the series.
However, in Game 2, Kawhi had Redick’s man set the ball screen just 6 times and it produced a more mortal 1 point per possession.