Playoff R2G1 Philadelphia 76ers vs Toronto Raptors
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Game 1 Preview: Raptors vs Sixers
– Injury report:
For the Raptors, OG Anunoby (appendectomy), and Jordan Loyd (coach’s decision) are out. Chris Boucher (back spasms) is listed as questionable.
For the Sixers, Mike Scott (bruised heel and plantar fasciitis) is listed as out.
– Leonard time:
Kawhi Leonard has a perfect 13-0 record against the Sixers in his NBA career. He is coming off a 27-point performance in Game 5 against the Magic, shooting 8-for-11 from the floor and a perfect 5-for-5 from the three-point line.
– New look:
Though the Raptors and Sixers played each other four times during the regular season, both teams had mid-season trades that significantly altered their rosters.
While the Raptors bought in Marc Gasol, Patrick McCaw and Jeremy Lin, parting ways with Jonas Valanciunas, C.J. Miles, Delon Wright and Greg Monroe.
The Sixers acquired Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott in exchange for Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala and Landry Shamet.
“It will definitely be different, so it kind of feels like the first time we’re meeting them again,” Pascal Siakam said. “Some things will be the same, but there are going to be a lot of changes too.”
– Home court:
Thanks to their 58-24 record in the regular season beating Philadelphia’s 51-31 record, the Raptors will again have homecourt advantage for the second round. “That’s what you play the regular season for,” Raptors head coach Nick Nurse said.