Game 1 Analysis: The Raptors controlled the key match-ups against the Sixers

A dominating win to start the Raptors’ second round series had a lot of familiar and predictable storylines — most of them good for Toronto. Entering the second round on the 2019 NBA Playoffs with the Raptors, we had some expectations as to the key match-ups against the Philadelphia 76ers. We also knew of some patterns from the first round to keep an eye on, particularly with Toronto. So, how did that play out?
Let’s check in with some analysis on the Raptors’ performance after a dominant Game 1 win.
Whose Turn Is It Anyway?
In each of the first round games, the Raptors had one of their stars have a tremendous impact on the game, handily winning their minutes while the team struggled without them. Let’s see if that pattern continued.
Player | On-Court RTG | Off-Court RTGKawhi Leonard: +34; -57Marc Gasol: +54; -35Kyle Lowry: +32; -53
RTG: Net rating, team point differential per 100 possessions
Each of those three had an on-vs-off-court swing of 85 to 90 points per 100 possessions, all monstrous numbers. It was a real team effort for the Raptors this time, with no single leader in this metric.
Obviously there were a couple of key producers in this game, with Kawhi Leonard …

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Author: Daniel Hackett / Raptors HQ

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