Philadelphia 76ers secured an away win to make the series 1-1 after defeating Toronto Raptors at home. This is after Raptors humiliated them during game one of the eastern semifinals 108-95, in this game Philadelphia had little or no answers on how to defend Raptors star forward Kahwi Leonard as he scored 45 points at ease.
After the defeat, Philadelphia came with a new blueprint on how to play game two, each of the four starters was given a new assignment with Ben Simmons given the task of defending Kahwi Leonard. Simmons made it a good match up to defend Kahwi but apart from that Kahwi got multiple bodies anytime he got the ball.
“They did a good job, honestly. Got to give them credit,” Leonard said. “[Simmons] is long.” These were the sentiment of Kahwi after the game.
Joel Embiid was given the task to defend Pascal Siakam, Siakam was one of the players who really opened the floor for the Raptors in the game on with his three points ability and his explosiveness. Joel was able to slow him down making him miss 16 out of the 25 attempts.
“That was my job to slow him down,” Embiid said. “We feel like we followed whatever we had planned.”
Jimmy Butler led the team with 30 points and 11 rebounds as the series shifts to Philadelphia. Sixers are hoping to take advantage of the home court and win the two games and if possible finish up the series in game five in Toronto.