Nets Series Helps 76ers Prep For Raptors


The Sixers will start round two of the playoffs this weekend against the Raptors in Toronto. It took five games and four consecutive wins for Philadelphia to defeat Brooklyn in the first round. While it was clear the Sixers would dominate the series, the Nets made it fun.

Early Scare

Game one wasn’t fun. It’s never fun when only one starter shows up for a playoff game. Jimmy Butler had a great game in the first meeting. Joel Embiid contributed as well, but everyone else needed a wakeup call, and they got one. It showed halfway through that second game.

Philadelphia had a huge second half in game two. They scored an insane 51 points in the third quarter and broke their franchise record for most points scored in a playoff game. Ben Simmons got his second career playoff triple-double as well.

Dudley Comments

The Nets’ Jared Dudley called Simmons “average in the half court.” How did Simmons respond? He played angry, scoring a career playoff high of 31 points, leading the Sixers to defeat the Nets without Embiid in game three.

Closing Out The Series

Embiid then returned in game four, and this game brought the drama. After Embiid committed a flagrant foul, Dudley got physical. The officials ejected him along with Jimmy Butler, who inserted himself into the situation to defend Joel. Mike Scott gave the team their third victory of the series with a game-winning three.

Game five was a blowout. It could’ve ended after the first five minutes. Embiid dominated and once Brett Brown removed the starters, the bench showed up to close out.

Onto Round Two

Now the Sixers have to deal with Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors, arguably the scariest team in the East right now. Leonard has a 13-0 record against Philadelphia. The Sixers only beat Toronto once this regular season, a game where Leonard was out. Philly also hasn’t won in Toronto since 2012. The Sixers know they have a difficult task, and they’re a team full of talent. They have what it takes to win this time.


About Melissa Friedman

Temple University graduate and devoted Sixers fan. Trust the process!

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