Game 3 Preview: The Toronto Raptors and their fans are annoying and the 76ers need to put them to bed
I never thought another NBA basketball team could annoy me as much as the Raptors. We’re only two games into the first round of the playoffs and I can’t wait to put these loser Toronto fans to bed and focus on a formidable opponent in the next round. The Sixers will be in enemy territory tonight looking to keep things rolling and go up 3-0 on the Raptors, with game four on Saturday.
There’s an old saying in NBA Playoff basketball that series aren’t won until a team wins a game on the road. This is true and the Sixers should have no problem going into Toronto tonight and beating the Raptors to take a 3-0 lead in this series.
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It’s time to put these dorks out of their misery and then finish them off on Saturday in game four. Judging by the first two games of this series, the 76ers should be able to do just that.
The Floor General
James Harden has become the Philadelphia 76ers’ floor general and it has really opened up spacing for the rest of his teammates. Tyrese Maxey is free to roam and attack at will, while Tobias Harris has consistently gotten efficient, high percentage shots to fall through the first two games of this series.
A common misconception that’s recycled by every media talking head is that James Harden needs to shoot 20+ shots per game like he did in Houston for the Sixers to make a real run at the NBA finals. That’s simply not true and Harden has proven this with his elite passing through the first two games of this series and relying on Maxey and Harris to provide the offensive damage.
The Media Lied To You About The 76ers
Simply put, the national media was completely wrong about the Toronto Raptors and their ability to match up well with the Philadelphia 76ers. The first two games of this series weren’t outliers. The Raptors are clearly struggling to match up well with the Sixers and don’t have enough talent, size, or honestly players, to match up against Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris, Tyrese Maxey, and James Harden.
Injuries are a shame and the Raptors are certainly dealing with a few key players being hurt or sick in Barnes and Gary Trent Jr, but at the end of the day, these two players still aren’t making that much of a difference and giving Toronto a fighting chance.
Gary Trent Jr? Really? Cmon bro.
Scared of Gary Trent Jr? As Eric Fink will say, go adopt a dog you cowards.
Defensively, without Barnes, the Raptors are extremely limited in ways they can score the basketball. Pascal Siakam has been forced into the jaws of Joel Embiid and it has limited his offensive output. Fred VanVleet can’t do it on his own, and even while he caught fire in the first quarter of game two, he was put on ice shortly after. If the Sixers can limit the damage along the perimeter, then this game should end just like the last two did with the Raptors in complete disarray and crying like a bunch of children.
Two of Three X-Factors
In game one, Shake Milton and Georges Niang combined to shoot 6-for-8 from the floor and 3-for-4 beyond the arc, dropping 18 points for the Sixers bench unit. In game two, Danny Green, although not on the bench, scored 11 points on 3-for-9 shooting from beyond the arc. Niang and Milton combined for 3-of-6 shooting and 2-of-4 from three point range for eight points.
Outside of the core four players for the 76ers, all they really need is a combination of two strong performances from Niang, Milton, or Green. If the Sixers can balance their supporting cast and rely on them to provide some type of offensive output off the bench while the core continues to do what they do best, they’ll be tough to beat.
|Philadelphia 76ers||-130||-1.5 (-115)||O 226.5 (-110)|
|Toronto Raptors||+105||+1.5 (-105)||U 226.5 (-110)|
Vegas is WRONG
Okay so this is just insulting. Someone call Vegas and let them know they are total idiots. The Sixers are only a 1.5 point favorite tonight? How is that even possible? Sixers win tonight by at least 8 points.
Let’s end this series as fast as possible. The 76ers have a long road ahead and the fellas can use some extra rest when we actually play a real opponent in the Miami Heat next round. Typically, I would be worried that the Sixers would take the foot off the gas in a game like this but not this year. Embiid and Company know that it’s time to stomp on the throats of the Raptors.
Pick: Sixers -130 | Sixers 1.5 (-115) | Under 226.5
THEY HATE THE PROCESS
Win tonight. Sweep on Saturday. They Hate The Process. They Hate Joel Embiid. They Hate Daryl Morey. They Hate 76ers Fans. They Hate Philadelphia. Nick Nurse is a cry baby. Toronto Raptors fans are losers.
Fuck em all.
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