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Game #31 Philadelphia 76ers vs Toronto Raptors Sunday February 21, 7:00 p.m. ET

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  • A.I
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    DogeLover1234 wrote: View Post

    Yes and no. Small ball can be ruthlessly effective but its such a high degree of difficulty most teams cant make it work. Few teams have the personell and even fewer have the coaching. No team is more efficient from three than around the rim in general, as such if you cant control the paint youre done. Its hard enough with legit bigs, to sustain it when you go small is near impossible. Thats why I dont think more than a couple teams will really commit to small ball as more than a change of pace, matchup tool.

    That being said, we’ve now had a game where we shutdown Embiid, Doncic, Giannis, etc. - even with our defensive limitations our highs have been insane.
    Shutting down stars has been Nurse's gameplan since he became a head coach. Contain the stars, let the "others" score. Vucevic, Embiid and Giannis were all contained in the Playoffs in 2019, Embiid had 0 points in a game last season. I recall games against Harden and Lillard where they didn't play to their season averages last season as well.

    It works fine at its best, but there are those games where the other guys get hot like the Celtics game.

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  • DogeLover1234
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    S.R. wrote: View Post
    That game was a perfect example of why the league has gone small + is raining 3's. Philly was big and the Raptors had no one-on-one answer for Embiid or Simmons with a head of steam. Philly dominated in the paint and at the FT line. And they lost. Throw smart doubles & help at the big & rain 3's on their heads. That 15-0 1st half run with 5 consecutive 3PM, and a similar run in the 2nd half, were so much fun. Happens so fast. You need a lot of minutes, a lot of possessions, and a lot of time to get those points back on FT's and paint buckets, but they come in a flood when transition 3's start dropping.
    Yes and no. Small ball can be ruthlessly effective but its such a high degree of difficulty most teams cant make it work. Few teams have the personell and even fewer have the coaching. No team is more efficient from three than around the rim in general, as such if you cant control the paint youre done. Its hard enough with legit bigs, to sustain it when you go small is near impossible. Thats why I dont think more than a couple teams will really commit to small ball as more than a change of pace, matchup tool.

    That being said, we’ve now had a game where we shutdown Embiid, Doncic, Giannis, etc. - even with our defensive limitations our highs have been insane.

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  • S.R.
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    G__Deane wrote: View Post

    The increased number of steals has been noticeable. FVV rips them off bigger dudes regularly
    His hand eye coordination + speed on those steals and deflections are amazing. Those are fouls for most guys reaching in like that. He just gets the ball like he's Flash and everyone else is slow mo.

    If he had been a top 10 pick and played in LA but everything else about him was the same, he'd be in the ASG and getting DPOY chatter right now. But a slow start for Toronto and undrafted, he's right off the radar.

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  • G__Deane
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    GOLDBLUM wrote: View Post
    The increased number of steals has been noticeable. FVV rips them off bigger dudes regularly

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  • S.R.
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    That game was a perfect example of why the league has gone small + is raining 3's. Philly was big and the Raptors had no one-on-one answer for Embiid or Simmons with a head of steam. Philly dominated in the paint and at the FT line. And they lost. Throw smart doubles & help at the big & rain 3's on their heads. That 15-0 1st half run with 5 consecutive 3PM, and a similar run in the 2nd half, were so much fun. Happens so fast. You need a lot of minutes, a lot of possessions, and a lot of time to get those points back on FT's and paint buckets, but they come in a flood when transition 3's start dropping.

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  • G__Deane
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    After doing the same to the Bucks, can this team really beat the Sixers back to back before moving on to winnable games against the Heats, Rockets, Bulls, Pistons and Celtics?

    Let's go Raptors!

    If the team wants him, at the very least they're showing Drummond that this would be a good team to land on.

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  • inthepaint
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    slaw wrote: View Post

    .. Dwight Howard might want to read the scouting reporting on Boucher at some point..

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  • slaw
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    planetmars wrote: View Post

    Siakam continued to play within himself despite being covered by Simmons. The 8 assists were really great. Fred got going.. hit 4 threes in the first quarter. Was expecting him to have one of those nights again. Cooled off, but still ended up scoring 23. Norm and OG were not so good. Norm was pretty bad. First really bad game from him since being a starter. Was a team low -26 in a 7 point win. That's ugly. Too many turnovers as well. Danny Green did a great job on him, but he could was playing too hard like he wanted to prove something. OG continues to struggle from 3. His defense could have been a bit better at times, but he had some tough match ups. Some nice dunks / layups in the paint though.

    Sixers were focused on stopping Powell and he typically doesn't get that kind of attention, which is usually reserved for Pascal, Kyle and Fred. It threw him off for sure. They'll be ready for it next game but it was a double-edged sword for Philly cause it took the attention of Pascal who had a great game.

    Also, Philly can be very good defensively when they want but what I liked was that the Raps kept prodding and probing and eventually exposed the Sixers rotations and weaknesses, especially the unwillingness of their bigs to leave the paint (e.g. Dwight Howard might want to read the scouting reporting on Boucher at some point).

    On the flip side, Simmons was terrific and I thought Embiid was good in the first half but the Raps really wore him down over 48 and he reverted to bad habits by the end of the game. If I'm a Sixers fan I'm watching that game knowing that is what is coming in the playoffs and Embiid still doesn't trust his supporting cast to make shots.... cause they don't make shots!

    Harris is such a matchup guy. He can look so good at the PF spot where he has a quickness advantage but against the Raptors he doesn't get those favourable pairings and he looks really mediocre. It was really noticeable to me last night where you can see Pascal has adjusted to being guarded by smaller, quicker players but Harris can't.

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  • golden
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    GOLDBLUM wrote: View Post
    Sooooo.... we get Minny’s 1st rounder?

    ....

    Unprotected?
    lol. Yeah, we need to sign all of our top assistants to long-term deals and request compensation when they get poached.

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  • planetmars
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    Awesome win. Unexpected, and awesome. Defense again was crazy good. Long stretches where Philly couldn't get anything going. Raptors still struggled scoring, especially in the 3rd but they prevailed. Boucher especially got us this game for us.. scored 5 threes and a critical block on Embiid late in the game. Baynes played some solid defense, and help fix a lot of the issues we had in the first.

    Siakam continued to play within himself despite being covered by Simmons. The 8 assists were really great. Fred got going.. hit 4 threes in the first quarter. Was expecting him to have one of those nights again. Cooled off, but still ended up scoring 23. Norm and OG were not so good. Norm was pretty bad. First really bad game from him since being a starter. Was a team low -26 in a 7 point win. That's ugly. Too many turnovers as well. Danny Green did a great job on him, but he could was playing too hard like he wanted to prove something. OG continues to struggle from 3. His defense could have been a bit better at times, but he had some tough match ups. Some nice dunks / layups in the paint though.

    Our bench was great. Terrence Davis has turned around a lot since his case got thrown out. +32 off the bench. Essentially helped erase Norm's awful play. That's the kid we saw last year. Hope he keeps playing solid like that. Bembry continues to be a good surprise.

    4-1 (should have been 5-0 if Siakam didn't blow that layup against Minny) is rock solid against the gauntlet schedule we had. Can make it 5-1, but even 4-2 is pretty good. Finally took over Boston. Tied with Indiana and have a better point differential than Philly too now. Pretty awesome considering our early terrible start.

    This team just finds a way to win without our groat.

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  • Dvdvideo
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    Looking foreward to Tuesdays game, would something if they beat them again......
    Raps from 19th in power rankings to 12th? Maybe.......

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  • Kagemusha
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    GOLDBLUM wrote: View Post
    What kind of anomaly is this?
    they're supposed to be tanking eh?

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  • MixxAOR
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    slaw wrote: View Post

    It is weird all around. Like they only fired Saunders knowing Finch was hired (Finch and Rosas go way back). Rosas wanted Finch this off-season but Minny owner didn’t want to fire Flip’s kid. But why now? Why not wait until at least the break?

    For the Raps, they are currently without two assistants cause Scariolo is with the Spanish team. Not the end of the world but that’s two very experienced voices that are unavailable.
    I guess they are getting desperate and they don't have their pick.

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