Game 2 Analysis: What was with the Raptors’ lineup rotation?

After dropping Game 2, we dig into the numbers to decide what exactly the Raptors did wrong. Missing shots is one thing, but this is something else. This — and you know what this is already — is getting annoying. The Raptors lost Game 2 to the Philadelphia 76ers, despite very much having a chance to win. They managed to dig themselves out of two deficits, one in the first half and one late in the fourth, but couldn’t quite manage to take the lead. What’s worse: there are some obvious reasons why they couldn’t.
So yeah, this is getting annoying. Let’s dig into what happened in Game 2.
Indefensible Rotation Decisions
Let’s go through a section from the Game 1 post and see how it aged.
In the 13 minutes against Ibaka, Embiid was unstoppable… He put up 13 points on 10 used possessions and grabbed two offensive boards in those 13 minutes. Overall his line in those minutes pro-rated out to 35 points and 11 rebounds per 36 minutes. And most importantly, Embiid and the 76ers were +14 in those minutes when they got the Ibaka matchup.
In Game 2, in 13 minutes with Joel Embiid matched up with Serge Ibaka, once again the 76ers were +14 in those minutes. …

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Author: Daniel Hackett / Raptors HQ

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