Kawhi Leonard, Toronto Raptors stifle Orlando Magic to clinch series

Kawhi Leonard, Toronto Raptors stifle Orlando Magic to clinch series

There are other good ones: Boston vs. Milwaukee, Houston vs.

In a series full of great omens for a basketball team with greater goals on its mind, the best thing about the series just might have been the steady growth. Redick, Tobias Harris and Jimmy Butler this summer. On any given night a different guy could beat you, which makes game planning for them very hard.

The Toronto Raptors have been considered title contenders since they acquired Kawhi Leonard previous year.

With a second-round matchup against the Toronto Raptors on the horizon, Sixers star Joel Embiid is confident that the team can get it done. FYI, there are only three players this week.

The numbers support Toronto's move.

Embiid averaged 24.8 points, 13.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.8 blocks in Philadelphia's 4-1 first round win over the Brooklyn Nets in just 24.8 minutes per game.

Brooklyn shot 38.7 percent for the game (36-for-93) and made just 9-of-31 (29 percent) from 3-point range.

Boban Marjanovic is there along with former Raptor Greg Monroe when Joel Embiid needs a rest. The Eastern Conference Semifinals, between the 76ers and Raptors will open up in Toronto.

Battling tendinitis in his knee, Embiid's timeframe to be fully healthy is unknown.

How do the eight first-round playoff series now stand? However, both are great at both ends and with the kind of versatility and adaptability that should make this series a fascinating chess match. Scoring will be at a premium.

Ben Simmons said it himself after coughing up 11 turnovers in his first meeting with Kawhi Leonard this season: "He's a freak". Redick and make their life hard. Harris will have to be aware, and Philadelphia's communication flawless, to stop Green getting good looks.

Philadelphia has spent the last two months trying to incorporate all those pieces despite only having them on the court for a limited amount of time.

Which team can hit contested, hard jumpers?

Which team's coaching staff will come up with a way to free up their scorers best? He usually seems to find a way defensively. In the last two games of this first round series, they won by an average margin of 20.5 points per game.

Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson congratulates the Sixers' Brett Brown following a hard-fought but ultimately one-sided playoff series that ended Brooklyn's impressive turnaround season. They met expectations all season long and advanced into the second round by topping the Orlando Magic in a five-game series. Scott led all Sixers reserves in minutes against Brooklyn. NBA League Operations president Byron Spruell said Marks will serve a one-game suspension and be fined $25,000 for entering the referees' locker room after Game 4 of the Nets-76ers playoff series Saturday. That means a lot of T.J.

The 76ers stumbled down the stretch, going 5-6 SU in their final 11 outings, including a dismal 2-5 SU record in their final seven road contests and a one-sided 122-99 loss in Miami on April 9th. None of that is good for Philly. The 76ers arguably have the best starting roster in the Eastern Conference, but the Raptors are a well-oiled machine and hold the edge in the second unit. Toronto will be prepared for that.

What made the fight of note was that nobody from the Sixers bench came to defend their players.

That's what they need, too.

PREDICTION: Toronto in five. Nor was winning Game 1 in Philly's building, or Saturday's near win.

Nurse said he's confident heading into the series that Gasol can successfully defend against Embiid, but added that others will help.

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