Quick Reaction: 76ers 109, Raptors 102

The Toronto Raptors are no longer undefeated without Kyle Lowry.

PHI 76ers109Final
Box Score
102TOR Raptors

P. Siakam42 MIN, 22 PTS, 6 REB, 7 AST, 3 STL, 9-18 FG, 1-6 3FG, 3-3 FT, 1 BLK, 1 TO, 4 +/-

Siakam was aggressive from the jump tonight. He was looking for his own shot early and while that’s definitely something Raptors fans want to see from Spicy P, more often than not his shots were snuffed out by Embiid, who always seemed to be in the right place tonight on defense. But Siakam, like the rest of his teammates, had zero quit in him tonight. He kept working to get to his spots and continued to be aggressive despite his early woes, turning in a respectable 22, 6 & 7 on the evening.

F. VanVleet36 MIN, 12 PTS, 8 REB, 8 AST, 2 STL, 4-14 FG, 2-5 3FG, 2-3 FT, 4 BLK, 1 TO, -10 +/-

Fred took a lot of difficult, off balance shots tonight. He never really looked like himself out there on offense as he wasn’t able to create many opportunities for himself or his teammates until late in the second half. VanVleet kept himself on the court tonight with his defense and leadership, but I doubt he’s pleased with himself. It’s honestly surprising that the Raptors were able to keep it as close as they did with one of their highest usage guys having such a down night.

N. Powell35 MIN, 24 PTS, 4 REB, 6 AST, 3 STL, 9-19 FG, 2-9 3FG, 4-4 FT, 0 BLK, 3 TO, -7 +/-

Death, taxes and first quarter Powell. Norm continued his piping hot start to games this season, hitting his first two corner triples of the night and totalling 10 points in the frame. Powell would quiet down after his early outburst, but following an atrocious no-call of a Ben Simmons foul on his 3rd quarter dunk attempt, Powell channelled his anger into fire. Streakiness can be a dangerous quality to possess in the NBA, but it proved to be a valuable one for Powell tonight, as his breakouts made him Toronto’s #1 option on offense.

D. Bembry24 MIN, 4 PTS, 4 REB, 4 AST, 2 STL, 1-3 FG, 0-1 3FG, 2-2 FT, 1 BLK, 2 TO, -8 +/-

Bembry continued his streak of playing really good, smart basketball this evening. He seems to always know when to push the ball in transition and whenever he did get out on the break tonight, he nearly always made the right play. He set up his teammates with some crafty looks and played his usual suffocating brand of defense.

O. Anunoby29 MIN, 10 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 4-13 FG, 2-7 3FG, 0-0 FT, 2 BLK, 0 TO, 3 +/-

For such a long, explosive player, I would really like to see him crash the glass more often. He missed the mark on most of his scoring opportunities tonight, but it felt like there was real opportunity for him to dig himself out of that hole by making an effort to rebound. Unfortunately, OG felt otherwise.

A. Baynes29 MIN, 11 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 5-10 FG, 1-3 3FG, 0-1 FT, 1 BLK, 2 TO, -10 +/-

The big Aussie did a great job of working both the high and low post areas tonight while he was on the floor. He had some beautiful screen assists, fought hard on the glass, and most importantly did a brilliant job defending Joel Embiid (who is a legit MVP candidate), holding him to 3-13 shooting on the night. He also had a 2nd quarter throw down that caused Matt Devlin to loose control of his body. Phenomenal stuff.

C. Boucher22 MIN, 10 PTS, 3 REB, 0 AST, 1 STL, 4-6 FG, 2-3 3FG, 0-0 FT, 1 BLK, 1 TO, -4 +/-

Boucher didn’t have his usual impact off the bench in this one, due in part to the physicality and aggression of Philadelphia’s bigs down low. He made several uncharacteristically bad decisions tonight with poor close outs, foolish passes. One to forget for Slim Duck.

T. Davis15 MIN, 9 PTS, 3 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 4-9 FG, 1-3 3FG, 0-0 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, -6 +/-

Davis won’t end up on any highlight reel for his play tonight, but he did a good job of helping his team continue their momentum when he checked into the game. He knocked down a couple shots and provided his team with good minutes off the bench.

M. Thomas4 MIN, 0 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 0-1 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 3 +/-

Nurse gave him a try in the 2nd quarter, but it wasn’t his best showing, as he went 0-1 and got beat a couple times on D during in his minutes. If Matt Thomas isn’t hitting his shots, he doesn’t really have a place on an NBA court.

Nick Nurse

It’s hard to beat a team two times in a row over a three day stretch during the regular season. It’s even harder when that team has the best record in the Eastern Conference. Considering the blowouts that teams who win the first game of a mini-series have been on the receiving end of this season, Nurse and his coaching staff did a damn good job of game planning for this one. There were several point when the wheels almost came off this thing, but Nurse recalibrated and responded during all of them. Sometimes you just have to tip your hat to the competition.

Things We Saw

  1. It’s easy to drag a team when they lose, but man, the Raptors played their asses off tonight. There were about a half dozen times when Toronto could’ve quit on themselves, including when they were down 12 with two minutes to go, but they kept their heads up for 48 minutes and competed. If they continue playing with this relentless determination, there’s no opponent that’s going to be glad to see them on their schedule.
  2. The Raptors did an excellent job of working for good shots tonight. They weren’t going in at the clip they would’ve liked, but their persistence to get to the rim kept them in this one until the bitter end. Toronto racked up 52 points in the paint on Tuesday night – that’s 22 more than the team with the 7’ 1” MVP candidate.
  3. Toronto didn’t show up for this one until the 2nd quarter began, giving up 37 points in the first 12 minutes. However, following that first frame disaster, they played maybe the best defense they have all season. The Raps put the clamps on in minutes 13-48 in Tampa on Tuesday night, holding their opponents to just 72 points in the final three quarters.