Quick Reaction: Raptors 103, Sixers 88

Best one yet.

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Box Score
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A+
P. Siakam44 MIN, 23 PTS, 10 REB, 7 AST, 0 STL, 10-17 FG, 2-4 3FG, 1-2 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, +24 +/-

Superstar among superstars. Hit a three, threw a dime in the pick and roll, and attacked in transition early. Incredible court coverage defensively (obviously). He pushed HARD in transition, both with the dribble and the pass, and he created so many problems in the open court. Also created perfectly in the half-court, throwing dimes in the pick and roll, out of the post. Simplified his shot diet a scooch compared to G4, with a few more catch-and-shoot 3s and a few fewer deep fadeaways. The offense looked u g l y when he wasn’t on the court.

A
O. Anunoby39 MIN, 16 PTS, 5 REB, 4 AST, 2 STL, 7-15 FG, 2-9 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 3 TO, +18 +/-

The focal point early, attacking against a rotation, in the post, and then after a pick-six. Resulted in 7 points. His jumper stayed cold, unfortunately, whether he was shooting off the catch or the bounce — but he hit a BIG one when it counted with the Sixers on a run and four minutes left. He tried to force a little bit when Siakam was on the bench, resulting in unnecessary turnovers. He was completely immovable defensively, completely sublime.

A+
S. Barnes41 MIN, 12 PTS, 8 REB, 4 AST, 3 STL, 5-10 FG, 0-1 3FG, 2-2 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, +13 +/-

Shut the crowd up with two consecutive lobs in the early fourth the only time it seemed to get loud. Attacked a lot (a LOT) in the post. It worked pretty much wonderfully. He even put in post work against the zone, grabbing his own miss for a dunk. Great effort in transition. Ducked in from the dunker spot to help out Siakam when he drew a crowd — as a finisher and a passer. When you do so much well, it just doesn’t matter if you have a jumper or not. Brilliant.

B
K. Birch11 MIN, 7 PTS, 1 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 3-6 FG, 1-2 3FG, 0-0 FT, 1 BLK, 1 TO, +2 +/-

Very solid defense on Embiid, but more importantly he hit a corner 3! Got a dunk out of the roll as well. Putback to start the second half. He took a few bad angles as the helper around the rim, particularly on Harden (free throws) and Maxey (layups). His offense came back to bite Toronto in the third quarter, but by and large he did his job.

B+
G. Trent Jr.39 MIN, 16 PTS, 1 REB, 3 AST, 2 STL, 5-14 FG, 2-6 3FG, 4-4 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, +13 +/-

Harden continued seeking him out on the defensive end, asking for switches, but Trent stayed stout. His playoff defense has been solid, sticking to the foundations of the scheme, which wasn’t really the case in the regular season. He gave some real juice offensively in the first quarter both with incredible mid-range shotmaking and with steals on the defensive end. His shooting tailed off as the game went on (though he did hit the killer 3), but he was critical to the lead growing early.

B+
T. Young16 MIN, 3 PTS, 3 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL, 1-2 FG, 0-1 3FG, 1-2 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, +5 +/-

Was Toronto’s operator in the middle of the zone, but he threw a turnover on his first pass looking for the backdoor bounce pass. Later, he threw a perfect backdoor bounce pass to a cutting Boucher for a dunk. Got caught reaching against Embiid on the other end — struggled guarding him. Not as punchy as he was in G4 but still big time.

A
C. Boucher17 MIN, 6 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 3-5 FG, 0-2 3FG, 0-0 FT, 2 BLK, 0 TO, +5 +/-

Continues blocking Harden at every opportunity. Took a perfect charge in transition. Just doing his role — bring energy, every time (which is hard to be consistent at!) — to perfection. Truly fantastic running in transition. His 3-point attempts were both early clock, which I don’t love, but he did so much other good stuff that it’s a super minor quibble.

A+
P. Achiuwa27 MIN, 17 PTS, 7 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 7-11 FG, 1-5 3FG, 2-2 FT, 3 BLK, 0 TO, +10 +/-

Brilliant. He didn’t battle Embiid on the defensive end to the required amount upon checking in, giving up an offensive rebound and deep post position in transition. He did, however, drive and dunk after a pump fake — not a lot of Raptors give that weak-side juice! And then the defense CAME AROUND, forcing heavily contested misses from Embiid at the rim, drawing charges, and just doing incredible stuff. He multiple times dusted Embiid with the dribble in the second half.

Inc
Y. Watanabe1 MIN, 2 PTS, 0 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 1-1 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -3 +/-

Garbage time

Inc
M. Flynn1 MIN, 0 PTS, 0 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 0-0 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -3 +/-

Garbage time

Inc
D. Banton1 MIN, 0 PTS, 0 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 0-0 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -3 +/-

Garbage time

Inc
S. Mykhailiuk1 MIN, 1 PTS, 1 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 0-1 FG, 0-1 3FG, 1-1 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -3 +/-

Garbage time

Inc
A. Brooks1 MIN, 0 PTS, 0 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 0-0 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -3 +/-

Garbage time

A+
Nick Nurse

Really clean performance from the team. The defense stayed immaculate. Super aware of the requirements. The offensive process was the best since G1/2, with players really aware of the need to attack the rim and get out in transition. Elite coaching performance, insofar as we can really judge these things.

Things We Saw

  1. Talk about the return of the transition points! Raps pick-sixed several Sixers, ran off misses, and created the easiest points of the series with their legs. The energy had Philly forcing on the other end, tossing up no-pass jumpers and running no-set offense that played into Toronto’s hands.
  2. Toronto PUNISHED the Sixers in the no-Embiid minutes. It’s been a slow crawl, with the Raps losing them in G1, splitting in G2, and winning (but not by enough) in Games 3 and 4. They won by a country mile tonight, with the Sixers not scoring for five straight minutes to start the second quarter. Philadelphia was making some bizarre offensive choices. Thybulle?
  3. Incredible dedication to the defensive playbook. It’s been three straight games of really, really minimal mistakes there. Didn’t overcommit to Harden unless he completely forced them to, jumped Embiid, and played all the orbiting guys brilliantly as to whether they were shooters or not.

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