Forgive us if we seem less than enthused at the prospect of a Raptors vs. Sixers game on April 2nd. The scant few reasons to watch a Philly game are sitting on the bench in suits as we tick towards the end of the season. Dario Saric is the only guy who could potentially put on much of a show (unless you're a big T.J. McConnell fan, but I mean, really?). The Raptors should have this one in the bag.
What's been happening with the Raps as of late? I'm glad you asked. They've won eight of their last 10 games, taking Ls to the Hornets (behind a surreal late shooting display from Charlotte), and the beating at the hands of the Thunder that started this strong run of play altogether. It's been fun to watch -- even as we click ever closer to the eventual return of Kyle Lowry.
The Lowry question still looms large over Toronto, not because there's any doubt about him coming back, but because it remains the last remaining question as to the ceiling for this team. The Raptors are in third right now, and could see a beatable Hawks team in the first round, followed by, gulp, the Cleveland Cavaliers. It's what this Raptors squad was built for: a showdown with LeBron. And for it to mean a damn, they'll need Lowry. So, we wait.
Did I just spend most of this post talking about the not-Sixers? Yes. What's there to talk about? Philly shut down Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor, traded Nerlens Noel, and just barely has a team of NBA players left. Go ahead and look up the depth chart, and then pour one out for poor Tiago Splitter at the end of the bench wondering where it all went wrong.
Anyway, here's the preview for the game from Kevin Nimmock. Let's get to it.