Nick Nurse fine-tuned his new rotation, and the Sixers’ strategy to stop Kawhi opened up a whole host of issues. Can the Raptors close this series out in six? For the Philadelphia 76ers, the good news is that they were able to slow down Kawhi Leonard. In Game 5, they were able to hold Kawhi to just five points in the first quarter on 2-of-6 shooting, and a “mere” 19 points through three quarters, on 6-of-15 shooting.
The bad news? The Sixers were concentrating so much on Kawhi, they forgot that Kawhi’s got some really good teammates, and the Raptors made them pay.
I guess the worst news for the Sixers is that given Kawhi’s performance in Game 5, he’s probably due for maintenance/re-calibration/firmware update in Game 6. And judging from the gear that Kawhi (and the whole team) was in on Tuesday, he should be heading into Game 6 fresh.
Let’s look at how both coaches approached Game 5, and predict what kind of adjustments the Raptors and Sixers might roll out.
For the Sixers
Brett Brown’s got quite a few issues to solve. After handing the keys of the offense to Jimmy Butler, Ben Simmons has looked …
Author: JD Quirante / Raptors HQ