Quick Reaction: 76ers 102, Raptors 110 – Sixers lead series 3-1

Box Score

P. Siakam44 MIN, 34 PTS, 8 REB, 5 AST, 1 STL, 10-19 FG, 1-4 3FG, 13-15 FT, 2 BLK, 3 TO, +13 +/-

He looked more like the Pascal Siakam that averaged 30 points a game against the Sixers in the regular season. The three point shot is failing him right now but he had 16 in the first half (more than all of Game three) with a variety of middies and drives. People wanted to see Pascal be more aggressive attacking the paint. He did that in the fourth, especially taking advantage of Georges Niang. Consistently found driving lanes to get the the free throw line. Say hello to a new playoff career high in points. Great facilitating all game too.

O. Anunoby31 MIN, 11 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 3-13 FG, 1-7 3FG, 4-5 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, +1 +/-

OG had his first quiet game of the series, missing his first seven shots, including those “we need those” open looks off Siakam passes that he had been making. Took it to Joel Embiid for an and one in the third. Better fourth quarter with solid defence both guarding Harden and in help situations. Finally cashed in on a Siakam look late fourth, dropping in a dagger three. Feels like an unfair grade with how the fourth went, but Anunoby will need to get back to Game 1-3 level offensively considering Fred VanVleet’s unknown status.

K. Birch6 MIN, 0 PTS, 3 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 0-1 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -2 +/-

Started the game, but not the second half. Nothing really notable.

F. VanVleet15 MIN, 5 PTS, 2 REB, 3 AST, 0 STL, 2-6 FG, 1-3 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, +3 +/-

Just gutting it out. He forced the issue a bit early on but did have a three and shook Tobias Harris for a midrange jumper. Then his hip started acting up. You could see him hitting it trying to ease the pain, and not even being able to close out on a three. Finally left the game before halftime, ripping his jersey in frustration. It’s been a long, unfortunate two months. Gave everybody dap in the tunnel after the game. He seemed to love that Achiuwa move the most!

G. Trent Jr.39 MIN, 24 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST, 2 STL, 8-20 FG, 3-10 3FG, 5-5 FT, 1 BLK, 1 TO, +7 +/-

Gary made three of the four first half threes by the Raptors. He’s clearly gotten over his illness since Game three and was a steady scoring hand with 17 in the first half. Jumped a Joel Embiid pass and stripped James Harden for two transition dunks in the third. Timely plays.

T. Young30 MIN, 13 PTS, 5 REB, 5 AST, 3 STL, 6-9 FG, 1-3 3FG, 0-2 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, +14 +/-

Thad did everything off the bench, where do I start? Made Joel Embiid touch earth. Offensive rebounds. Found Boucher on a cut and Gary Trent Jr. for three. Forced a couple of turnovers. Siakam found him for an open three in the third. His best game as a Raptor by far.

C. Boucher19 MIN, 9 PTS, 5 REB, 0 AST, 1 STL, 4-5 FG, 1-1 3FG, 0-0 FT, 2 BLK, 0 TO, +13 +/-

Boucher provided great energy in the first half, which had been a trademark for him since his mid season evaluation. Added a couple of blocks. Worked well with Thad, who found him on a well timed cut. Well deserved start in the second half and corner three when Philly was in striking distance.

P. Achiuwa24 MIN, 5 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 2-6 FG, 0-2 3FG, 1-2 FT, 0 BLK, 3 TO, +10 +/-

Precious got a quick hook after playing six first half minutes. He had been averaging 31 in the series but had two wild turnovers which may have made Nick Nurse look a different direction, especially with how Thad and Boucher played in the first half. Solid defence. Started the second half in place of Khem Birch, which was an upgrade. How about that in and out crossover on Danny Green in the final minutes?

S. Barnes26 MIN, 6 PTS, 11 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 1-6 FG, 0-4 3FG, 4-5 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, +3 +/-

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR! Scottie’s ankle is clearly not right, as he got caught up in a Paul Reed screen and rolled it again. However he stayed in the game. Barnes’ main strength in this game was rebounding. Had five boards in his first six minutes of play and finished in double figures. Wasn’t able to attack the way he would like and his shot wasn’t right.

Nick Nurse

Played a lot of Young-Boucher minutes, which did wonders for this game. Started Boucher and Precious in the second half with Fred being out, replacing Birch. With Scottie back, Malachi Flynn didn’t see any rotation minutes. Defensive schemes seem to be working better as the series goes along.

Things We Saw

  1. This was Tyrese Maxey’s first off game of the series. He only had one field goal in the first half and his scoring has decreased each game.
  2. Early 4th quarter – Harden tried to run into or between Siakam and Achiuwa, and Precious was called for a blocking foul. It wasn’t as bad as Birch getting called for a blocking foul in Philly vs Embiid but it was very LOL.
  3. Embiid got increasingly frustrated with possibly not getting the ball in his spots, and getting lack of calls. He certainly tried to draw them, he was on the ground a lot again. Fouled Siakam for no reason at halfcourt in the final minutes, picking up a technical foul. Anunoby picked up one too, not wanting to deal with any shenanigans. We’ll see what the whistle will be like going back to Philly.
  4. Is it too early to ask about Fred’s status for Game five?
  5. Dalano Banton got his first playoff basket in the final minute. Congrats!

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