Quick Reaction

Quick Reaction: Raptors 101, 76ers 112 (Series tied 3-3)

TOR Raptors 101 Final
Box Score
112 PHI 76ers

A-
P. Siakam33 MIN, 21 PTS, 6 REB, 3 AST, 2 STL, 8-16 FG, 2-6 3FG, 3-4 FT, 0 BLK, 3 TO, -21 +/-

Thankfully, Siakam’s calf injury was once again a thing of the past. Siakam shot it fairly well all night and managed to deceptively finish around Embiid a number of times. If the bench continues to struggle, the Raptors may need even more from Siakam in game seven.

A
K. Leonard40 MIN, 29 PTS, 12 REB, 5 AST, 1 STL, 9-20 FG, 0-4 3FG, 11-12 FT, 0 BLK, 4 TO, -10 +/-

Ho-hum 29-12-5 game from Leonard. His mid-range was as automatic as ever, he bullied his way to the rim consistently, and he drew a ton of fouls. The increased amount of transition in this game made it more difficult to slow down Simmons, but Leonard was solid in the halfcourt. I can’t wait for game seven Kawhi.

C-
M. Gasol36 MIN, 7 PTS, 3 REB, 4 AST, 1 STL, 3-8 FG, 0-3 3FG, 1-2 FT, 2 BLK, 1 TO, -14 +/-

Horrendous game from Gasol. Outside of a few assists, he was a non-factor. Embiid torched him all night and his rebounding was nonexistent. When Gasol is passive, the team tends to follow. That needs to change for game seven.

B
K. Lowry39 MIN, 13 PTS, 5 REB, 6 AST, 1 STL, 5-11 FG, 3-7 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -11 +/-

Decent game from Lowry, but when the rest of the supporting cast is struggling, they need more from him. Lowry created plenty of good looks for others throughout the game, but once again turned down multiple open three’s to the dismay of viewers. Lowry needs to leave this passivity behind for game seven.

D+
D. Green35 MIN, 8 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 2-8 FG, 2-8 3FG, 2-3 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, -9 +/-

This was arguably the worst game of the playoffs for Green, on both sides of the ball. In addition to missing numerous open shots, Green failed to contain Jimmy Butler all night.

C
S. Ibaka22 MIN, 9 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 3-10 FG, 0-3 3FG, 3-4 FT, 1 BLK, 1 TO, -12 +/-

Tonight was a throwback to last year’s playoffs for Ibaka. His decision making was iffy, his touch wasn’t there, he couldn’t buy a midrange, and his rebounding was noticeably absent. Serge’s play will be a critical factor in game seven.

C
F. VanVleet16 MIN, 1 PTS, 2 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL, 0-1 FG, 0-1 3FG, 1-2 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -4 +/-

Barely noticed him during the competitive portion of the game. But made some nice plays during garbage time, so hopefully that gives him some confidence going forward.

C
N. Powell9 MIN, 5 PTS, 0 REB, 0 AST, 1 STL, 2-2 FG, 1-1 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 6 +/-

Fouled Simmons off the ball and was otherwise forgettable during the competitive part of the game. It’s disappointing that Norm hasn’t been able to find a role in this series since—unlike VanVleet and McCaw– he can actually compete with the Sixers physically.

Inc
P. McCaw4 MIN, 0 PTS, 0 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 0-0 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 4 +/-

Entered game for 30 seconds during the competitive portion of the game before being immediately hunted and scored on by Jimmy Butler. I’d be surprised if he plays in game seven.

C-
Nick Nurse

With the Raptors going 9/36 from three, this loss is far from Nurse’s fault. However, I’m sure even Nurse would admit, he’s coached much better games. His team’s focus wavered both on the glass and on the defensive end for numerous stretches throughout the game. Additionally, his substitution patterns when the game was on the brink of getting out of hand were questionable.

Things We Saw

  1. Embiid being a +40 despite mediocre efficiency on offence speaks to his immense value. Limiting him in game seven will be a tall order for Gasol.
  2. The Raptors shooting miserably from three played right into the Sixers hands, allowing Ben Simmons transition opportunities he hadn’t gotten yet in the series. The Sixers are at their most dangerous whenever Simmons gets to consistently push the break.
  3. The Raptors being outrebounded by 18 (52-34) is a troubling sign considering how often the Gasol-Ibaka lineup played. The glass is a key area to monitor in game seven.
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