The 76ers’ road fight with the Raptors continued on Sunday night, even in games that were not held in Toronto.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the 76ers played at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay, Florida. The 76ers fell to the Raptors 110-103 and fell to 20-11 this season.
Ben Simmons had 28 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists, while Joel Embiid had 25 points and 17 rebounds after scoring a career-high 50 points. Danny Green had 5 steals and 2 blocks, but still fouled at 6:40.
Fred VanVleet (23 points, 9 assists) and Pascal Siakam (23 points, 8 assists) performed well in Toronto, and Chris Boucher was in three Injured 6 nights outside the line.
The 76ers and Raptors will end their two-game mini-series on Tuesday night. The following are the observation results of Sunday̵
Simmons picks up the plane where he left
He has participated in his first game since his career-high scoring reached 42 points, and Simmons’ offensive offense does not seem to disappear during his illness-related absence. By pushing the ball forward in the open as much as possible and reaching the basket through contact, he scored five of the 76ers’ first seven points.
Simmons maintained this method throughout the first half, making 6 of 8 shots and free throw lines. His keen defensive instinct is also showing.
After the foul line ended at 10 at 14 at night, Simmons made 22 free throws in the past two games.
Sixers chief coach Doc Rivers said: “Sometimes, Ben is doing this before you see what we are trying to do. He is aggressive; he has layup; he is playing a role; he is forcing two balls. The team. A year ago, our goal was to see if he could reach the foul line 10 times a night, and he did.”
The Raptors head coach Nick Nurse said before the game that the way a potential All-Star plays against his team usually affects how he votes for the seven reserves in the Eastern Conference, which will be announced on Tuesday night. . We thought that Simmons increased his approval rate in the nurse’s vote during Sunday’s performance.
Raptors (relatively) slow down Embiid
The 6-foot-7 OG Anunoby served the small Toronto man in the opening game against Embiid. The Raptors tried to stop Embiid by facing him and immediately sending a trap wherever he brought the ball close to the basket. Familiar opponent Aron Baynes also joined Nurse’s diverse defensive game plan and started the second half of the game, although for Embiid, there are few real one-on-one matches.
Although his mid-range performance is not as good as the average person, and his shooting percentage is only 20 shots, but in the double team, Embiid’s decision-making is usually very solid.
“As soon as I entered halftime, they sent me two or three people to make sure that I would not be the one to beat them tonight.” Embiid said, “In general, I thought I stayed with myself The concept of my own team, I have gained a lot of success from it. We just undershot tonight.”
Toronto’s defensive plan provides the 76ers with a three-pointer. The team scored 37 of 11 shots from long range, the highest three-point attempt since January 14. Embiid’s pass brought some clear possession, and the 76ers waved the ball from the perimeter, forcing Toronto to fight. To its credit, the Raptors are a strong defensive team in these types of sequences.
Simmons acknowledged Toronto’s excellent defensive performance and noted the shooting opportunities that the 76ers usually miss. This is the consensus of team members who spoke to reporters after the game.
Simmons said: “They screened each other very well, communicated and acted very well. I think that overall, we have a lot of outstanding performances on offense. They did not fail…. This is how the game goes.”
Tobias Harris performed exceptionally well in the first quarter. He shot 1 of 9 from the field and scored several times in isolation from Siakam. None of the shots he tried were undesirable, but his mistakes made VanVleet’s four three-pointers at the end of the 20th round of the playoffs to reverse Toronto’s advantage at a speed of 20-2.
After that, he performed better, scoring 13 points on 6-of-17 shooting and assisting 7 times in the game, but the 76ers could have used a more effective third-time scoring option on Sunday night, especially when Embiid and the entire team have trouble producing stretches.
Find answers on the bench
Shake Milton returned after a sprained left ankle in five games. He was the 76ers’ first substitute. He replaced Simmons, and Rivers later played with the four members of the Sievers 76ers. Rivers has clearly known that under the current lineup, using the full game lineup is a dangerous game.
He said on Friday: “We must have Tobias, Joel or Ben working in this department.” “And when we don’t, sometimes you just look at the clues. Frankly speaking, tonight is one of them, I just Look at the scores. You may see that it will become one of the games and it will last until the end. In the second half we used the second unit and reached eight minutes. That’s what we want to do.”
Isaiah Joe was once again part of the rotation, and it wasn’t until the beginning of the second quarter that Matisse Thybulle got his third foul (and technical foul). Furkan Korkmaz (Furkan Korkmaz) only appeared.
Korkmaz’s position has felt fragile for some time, especially after only 3 of the last 19 shots into Sunday’s game. His defense and decision-making are certainly not positive. In the first half against Toronto, he led 2-0 in both games.
When paired with Norman Powell (Norman Powell), Joe played several strong defensive abilities, controlled him well, eliminated the potential driving angle, and was responsible for Powell’s attempt to serve a rookie.
Joe made a speech after the 76ers game on Sunday morning. He thanked the veterans of this team because he helped him adjust his time in the NBA.
He said: “Even when I come in, take some photos and miss them or make them, they always excite me and tell me that this is only part of the work, but also part of the game.” “Working every day, constantly Hardened, and everything else is basketball-nothing has changed.”
Unlike Simmons, Milton did not fall when he returned. He missed the first five shots and then broke the ice with a three-pointer from a key click in the third quarter. Milton later consumed two more three-pointers and scored 9 points and two assists on 3 of 11 shots in 29 minutes.
When asked about his bench, Rivers said: “Keep working hard, this was defeated by the Raptors’ second team 35-16. “31 games have been played this season. This has not been the case on our bench all year, only recently. We will work hard to solve it. I think in the second half, we never cooperated correctly in the transition, I think that was where they beat us, and then we couldn’t score. We will fix it. “