Before the 76ers arrive in Toronto, we spoke to Liberty Ballers to hear the Philly perspective on what’s sure to be a competitive second-round series. After a series chock-full of newfound confidence, the Raptors are finally advancing to the second round, playing the 76ers in the postseason for the first time since 2001. David Early of Liberty Ballers was kind enough to answer some questions for us before the series begins:
Last series, Marc Gasol shut down Nikola Vucevic with impeccable positioning in the post and quick hands. How do you envision the matchup playing out between Gasol and superstar Joel Embiid?
I was pretty excited when the Sixers landed Tobias Harris. And I was almost comparably disappointed and a little scared when Toronto brought in Marc Gasol. Joel is just 6-for-18 in the 62 minutes they’ve battled head to head this year. He was just 4-for-12 in 38 minutes during the 2017-18 season. He’s been very effective. Gasol brings a similar skillset as Al Horford, who as you probably know, has been the biggest challenge for Embiid over his short career.
Forcing Joel out of his comfort zone (the paint and the free throw line) and into lots of …
Author: Dylan Litman / Raptors HQ