Toronto goes up against what could be considered the best starting lineup in the East. That’s right, it’s time for Game 1 of the Raptors vs. Sixers in the second round of the NBA playoffs. It was 18 years ago when Philadelphia and Toronto last met in the playoffs. At the time, Toronto was in the midst of the best run in franchise history, facing off against Allen Iverson — who would win MVP that season — and stretching the series to seven games. We all know what happened after that.
After all those years, both franchises have gone through their moments. For Philadelphia, it was “The Process,” when then-76ers GM Sam Hinkie undertook one of the most incredible (or disgusting depending on who you ask) tanking jobs to get franchise cornerstones Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. For Toronto, it was the unexpected winning with a band of castoffs, to regular season consistency, to playoff struggles.
This series holds big stakes for both franchises. With the decision from Sixers GM Elton Brand to fast-forward the timeline by adding Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris, Philadelphia is going for it. Depending on how this series plays, Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris, and Brett Brown …
Author: Zakaria Abdulle / Raptors HQ