We don’t have to belabour this point, but we will: the Raptors are in control of their second round series against the Sixers thanks to dominant Game 1 performance. To say this sudden surge of confidence in the team is unfamiliar is a bit of an understatement. Me personally, I haven’t felt this good about a second round Game 2 for Toronto since 2001 (which just happened to also be against Philly, but I digress).
So what can the Raptors expect from the Sixers? This morning we saw All-Star centre Joel Embiid’s status shift from questionable to probable thanks to an attack of gastroenteritis — this, after all the drama surrounding his somewhat injured knee. We also got some kind of promise from Ben Simmons to play with... more anger, I guess? That’s something to be mindful of in Toronto.
— Ben Simmons (@BenSimmons25) April 29, 2019
Not much as changed for the Raptors. They’re still at near full strength (with only OG Anunoby still sidelined), and have to feel pretty good about their chances in Game 2 after watching their leading scorers, Kawhi Leonard and Pascal Siakam, have their way with Philly in the series opener. As I opined this afternoon, it’s possible the Raptors will remain thoroughly confident and in control — or we could be in for a surprise. It’s why they play the games.
In that spirit, let’s gear up for Game 2 with the full preview here from Dylan Litman, and the updated game details below.
Now, let’s watch.
Where to Watch:
TSN, 8:00pm 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 – day-to-day), Joel Embiid (rot gut - probable)