Raptors trying to get fans into seats earlier after commentator's rant

Arnold Nichols
Мая 11, 2019

To their credit, they did just that as the Raptors absolutely dominated the Philadelphia 76ers 125-89 to take a 3-2 series lead. That's because the rest of the Raptors finally arrived to the Eastern Conference semi-finals on Tuesday to give Kawhi Leonard some help.

For the record, the 1982 Eastern Conference Finals went seven games.

In Game 5, Ben Simmons didn't struggle by definition, but didn't exactly light the world on fire from an offensive perspective.

This series has been wildly unpredictable - aside from Leonard being remarkable in every game.

He said the Sixers' spirit "went away quicker than I had hoped" in Game 5, but he pointed to Thursday's Game 6 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia as a chance at redemption.

Leonard had 13 points and 10 rebounds in the first half.

As TSN's Josh Lewenberg noted, Raptors not named Leonard combined for 104 points in Game 5, a sizeable increase over their previous high in this series of 63 points set in Game 1. It was somewhat comforting, as you might imagine.

"It was good to prove it a little bit in the playoffs", Nurse said of winning without a superhuman performance from Leonard.

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Jimmy Butler scored 22 points and added seven assists for the 76ers.

"But at the same time, we know we're a team, and we always have each other's back".

"I know I've got to do a better job for us to win", Embiid said. "When things are going good, he keeps talking with us", Jokic said. That, and he had eight turnovers, which is certainly less than ideal.

Leonard, who missed six of his first eight shots, punctuated Toronto's decisive second quarter with a powerful one-handed slam, driving into the paint from near center court and splitting a pair of defenders to throw it down with 2.6 seconds left.

"Not individually, but just more of a team, well-rounded game, when everyone played well, everyone played together, everyone worked". Toronto scored 31 points on 19 Sixers' turnovers. With the clock ticking down, Leonard drove between Harris and James Ennis for a massive dunk with 2.6 seconds on the clock. This opened up the floors for guys like Kawhi Leonard and Pascal Siakam to operate in the low post to create scoring opportunities for themselves as well as their teammates. He had four assists and two steals.

This also created hard situations for the Sixers as they can no longer leave guys open on the perimeter because the Raptors took advantage of far too many open looks, especially in the third quarter.

"The three-point shot was punishing tonight", Brown said. Philadelphia has survived for longer than five games this year, but Simmons has been even more of a non-factor with Butler taking over as the facilitator. Since the acquisition of Marc Gasol, Toronto was the best three-point shooting team in the National Basketball Association.

"I think it's grossly unfair, some of the criticism that he gets". "There's three things: You gotta get your feet ready, you gotta get your hands ready, and you gotta between your ears ready to know you're going to pull the trigger and know that you're going to do it". "Nobody's walking out of here woe-is-me".

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