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  • Game 5 Preview: Raptors vs Sixers

    Philadelphia 76ers (2-2) @ Toronto Raptors (2-2)
    When: Tonight 8 P.M. ET
    Where: Scotiabank Arena

    Leading into tonight’s game:
    Injury report: For the Raptors, OG Anunoby (appendectomy), and Jordan Loyd (coach’s decision) are out. Chris Boucher (back spasms) is questionable. For the Sixers, the injury report is to be determined.

    All tied up: The Raptors are back in Toronto with their second-round series against the Philadelphia 76ers tied up at two games apiece. Toronto is 8-4 overall in Game 5s and enter Tuesday’s Game 5 having won three straight.

    Recent history: The Raptors earned a huge 101-96 road win in Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon to tie the series up at two games apiece before things shifted back to Toronto for Tuesday’s Game 5. Kawhi Leonard had a game-high 39 points, including the step-back three-pointer to put the Raptors ahead by four with a minute remaining. Marc Gasol had his highest-scoring game of the postseason, adding 16 points to go with five rebounds, three assists and a stellar defensive effort, while Kyle Lowry added 14 points, six rebounds, and seven assists. The Sixers were led by Jimmy Butler, who finished with 29 points, 11 rebounds and four assists, and JJ Redick who added 19 points in the loss.

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    Continued excellence: Kawhi Leonard’s 39-point performance in Toronto’s Game 4 victory was a continuation of his stellar play in these playoffs. Leonard is second in the league in postseason scoring averaging 32.3 points per game. Even more impressive, he is averaging 38 points on 62 percent shooting, including 49 percent shooting from three, in four games against the Sixers this series. Leonard shot 13-for-20 from the floor in Sunday's win, including 5-for-7 from beyond the arc and 8-for-12 at the free-throw line. He also collected a game-high 14 rebounds, helping the Raptors to finish the game tied with the Sixers in rebounds, something that they have struggled with in this series. “He's a really good player,” Jimmy Butler said after the game. “He's been doing it for a long time in the league now. He's done it every game of this series.” Leonard’s 39 points in Sunday’s road win was the highest point total for a Raptors player in the postseason on the road.

    Locking in: After giving up 116 points in a Game 3 loss in Philadelphia, Toronto’s defence was back on point in Game 4, as the Raptors held the Sixers under 100 points for the third time in four games this series. Philadelphia shot just 40 percent in the game, compared to Toronto’s 46 percent shooting. With the game on the line and the score tied at 75 heading into the fourth quarter, Toronto’s defence was at its best, holding Philadelphia to just 24 percent shooting in the final quarter. The Raptors shot 50 percent in the fourth as they finally were able to clinch the victory at the free-throw line in the final minute.

    Stepping up: Serge Ibaka came off the bench to provide a huge — and much needed — boost in Toronto’s Game 4 victory. With Pascal Siakam slowed because of a calf contusion, the Raptors needed a scoring boost and presence. Siakam is Toronto’s second-leading scorer in the postseason, averaging 21.3 points per contest, but he was held to just nine points in Game 4 as he played despite the sore calf. Ibaka stepped in to play 33 minutes, scoring 12 points to go with nine rebounds and three blocked shots without a turnover. Though Ibaka and Marc Gasol haven’t spent a lot of time playing together, they figured out how to share the floor quickly in Game 4 and the team benefitted greatly. “It was one of those nights where we didn't try to make it look pretty,” Ibaka said after the game. “We had to try to grind, man. I don't care if we didn't have space tonight. We tried to grind on the defensive end, and on offence, just play basketball.”


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    • Excitement mounting for game 5. I feel a big victory tonight!!!

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      • Didn't like that call on Green the first time around, still don't like it now

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        • Kyle knows Monroe can’t defend. Attacks him when he can.

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          • Seems like Kawhi has played the whole 1st Q

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            • Need a better offensive and defensive 2nd quarter

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              • Playoff Norm and playoff Danny are meh.

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                • Gonzz wrote: View Post
                  Playoff Norm and playoff Danny are meh.
                  Ditto for FVV

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                  • That's more like it. Keep it going boyz

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                    • Booooooom

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                      • I missed the first half, having dinner with the gf while finishing up Tiger King...

                        Forgot this was one where we obliterate them... dang

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                        • Serge band-aid game! Classic

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                          • .moving on to G6

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                            • Game 6 Preview: Raptors vs Sixers

                              Toronto Raptors (3-2) @ Philadelphia 76ers (2-3)

                              When: Tomorrow
                              Where: Wells Fargo Center

                              Leading into tomorrow's game:
                              Injury report: For the Raptors, OG Anunoby (appendectomy), Chris Boucher (back spasms) and Jordan Loyd (coach’s decision) are out. For the Sixers, the injury report is to be determined.
                              Opportunity awaits: Thanks to a dominant Game 5 win at Scotiabank Arena tonight, the Raptors are in Philadelphia with a 3-2 series lead and an opportunity to close out their best-of-seven series. This is the third time in three years that Toronto has had an opportunity to close out a series on the road. The Raptors won Game 6 in Milwaukee against the Bucks in 2017 and also closed out their first-round series against the Washington Wizards in 2018 in Game 6 on the road.
                              Recent history: Toronto took control of their second-round series against Philadelphia with a 125-89 Game 5 victory at home. The win set a franchise record for largest margin of victory in a postseason game as six Raptors finished in double figures and the team finished the game 16-for-40 from beyond the three-point line. Kawhi Leonard has led the way in the first four games of the series, and he finished with a 21-point, 13-rebound double-double, also adding four assists and two steals. He received plenty of help from his teammates on both ends of the floor on Tuesday and the result was a Raptors victory that at one point saw the team lead by as many as 40 points. Jimmy Butler led the Sixers with 22 points and seven assists in the loss.
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                              Spicy bounce back: One game after finishing with nine points on 2-for-10 shooting after being limited because of a sore right calf injury, Pascal Siakam put in a strong performance in Game 5. He led the team in scoring, putting up 25 points to go with eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and a blocked shot in 34 minutes. Siakam has been fantastic for Toronto in the postseason, averaging 21.7 points to serve as the team’s second-leading scorer.
                              Gritty performance: Game 5 was a roller coaster for Serge Ibaka. After taking an accidental elbow to the head from teammate Kawhi Leonard while under the basket, Ibaka had to leave the game to receive three stitches. He emerged from the locker room tunnel shortly afterward, a bandage on his head, and checked back into the game. Ibaka was huge for the Raptors in the team’s Game 4 win on the road, and he was equally as impressive in Game 5. In 22 minutes off the bench, he scored 10 points and was a +27. “Serge is playing with a tremendous amount of pride right now,” Nick Nurse said after the game. “He’s being big, he’s being active, he’s being a force out there.”
                              Hustle and go: The Raptors put in a fantastic performance in Game 5, but it was the little things that stood out most. From outrebounding a much longer Sixers team 42-37 to forcing Philadelphia into 19 turnovers and scoring 31 points off their miscues (the Sixers scored 15 points off Toronto’s turnovers), the Raptors did everything to give themselves an opportunity to win the game and it paid off big. Toronto shot 49 percent from the floor and 40 percent from the three-point line, while the defence held the Sixers to 42 percent shooting and 25 percent shooting from beyond the arc. The Raptors also pushed the pace, outscoring the Sixers 33-8 in fast-break points. With the series shifting back to Philadelphia and with the Sixers knowing they must win Game 6 or lose the series, the Raptors know they have to be ready to take Philadelphia’s best punch when the ball goes up tomorrow night.

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                              • Funny watching the run again is how many things you remember perfectly and so many details you also forgot happening. Refs are always trash though lol

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