Is it possible we’re getting too confident in Toronto? After watching the Raptors blow Game 1 vs. Orlando, all the usual terrors roamed free in this city and there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then, absolution: the Raptors blew the doors off the Magic for the next four games and looked every bit the fearsome title contenders they carry themselves to be.
But the Philadelphia 76ers are a different matter. Like the Raptors, their starting lineup is one of extreme talent, stocked as it is with players capable of filling the stat sheet in a myriad of ways, and able to change the complexion of a game — of an entire series — in a moment. The Sixers hit their own speed bump in the first round, dropping Game 1 to the Brooklyn Nets, and then muscled their way past that feisty team in five games too. As much as I’d like to make jokes at their expense (and I will), the Sixers are no laughing matter.
Of course this is also part of the fun. For the first time in awhile, the Raptors are (a) set to engage in an entertaining second round series, and (b) enter it as the favoured team. It’s an equation they haven’t had since, well, the last time they played the Sixers in the playoffs all the way back in 2001. Since then they’ve played three playoff series in the second round, two against LeBron (fart noise) and one against the Miami Heat (no one’s idea of entertaining basketball). If nothing else, these Raptors taking on these Sixers promises to be different.
So, in that spirt, check out the full preview for Game 1 here from Zakaria Abdulle. Then check out the updated game details below. And, of course, let’s watch.
Where to Watch:
Sportsnet One, 7:30pm EST
Toronto – Kyle Lowry, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol
Philadelphia – Ben Simmons, JJ Redick, Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris, Joel Embiid
Toronto – OG Anunoby (abdomen – OUT)
Philadelphia – Mike Scott (heel – OUT)