Will the dysfunction of the Philadelphia 76ers ever end?
Just two short weeks ago, everything was bright light and sunshine for the Sixers — a team who knocked off the Toronto Raptors in six games in last year’s playoffs before flaming out to the Miami Heat. James Harden had lost (according to him) 100 pounds and was ready to put an ailing hamstring injury behind him. Joel Embiid was going to strive for an MVP title again. Doc Rivers was getting some dawgs to round out his roster in PJ Tucker and De’Anthony Melton.
So what’s going on in the first four games? Well, it’s the same old Philly story — they are the architects of their own discontent. Harden looks better but is creating an offense of his own ilk rather than the team’s. Embiid has appeared surly with a lack of touches coming his way. The Doc Rivers firing whispers are turning into murmurs.
Tonight, the Raptors can pour gas on the fire — a win for the home team would push Philly to 1-4 and further into the national conversation. It would also get Toronto above .500 after a split series against Miami.
Key to success for Toronto will be Scottie Barnes, who will make his return (and start!) after a pre-game workout to test his injured ankle.
Scottie Barnes will play vs. Sixers. Hopefully Joel Embiid won't step on either of his ankles.— Michael Grange (@michaelgrange) October 26, 2022
To get ready for tonight, check out Jay Rosales’ admittedly creative preview from this morning. Here are the rest of the game details.
Where to Watch:
TSN, 7:30pm ET
Toronto – Fred VanVleet, Gary Trent Jr., O.G. Anunoby, Scottie Barnes, Pascal Siakam
Philadelphia – Tyrese Maxey, James Harden, Tobias Harris, PJ Tucker, Joel Embiid
Toronto – Otto Porter Jr. (hamstring – out), Scottie Barnes (right ankle sprain – questionable)
Philadelphia – none