"I like the pick-and-roll; I like the give-and-go"
The GIST: The Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers’ second-round series is tied at two games apiece after the Raptors’ big 101–96 win yesterday afternoon.
The deets: After a pretty ugly loss in Game 3 on Thursday at the hands of Sixers’ big-man Joel Embiid (pronounced JO-ELLE EM-BEED), yesterday’s game was amust-win. And, as always, the Raptors relied heavily on star player and debatable robot Kawhi Leonard to get it done. He played 43 minutes, scoring 39 points with 14 rebounds to secure a double-double.
More than Kawhi, the Raps really leaned into their starters, with their best players all playing over 30 minutes. We’re sweating just thinking about that.
And, we have to give a special shout-out to Pascal Siakam. Spicy P was agame-time decision after suffering a calf contusion in Game 3, but the boy battled through it and came out to play. It wasn’t his best showing (only 9 points), but he still deserves some snaps.
Elsewhere in the NBA:It’s been a heck of a lot of fun. In an incredibly close series, defending champs the Golden State Warriors are up 2-1 over the Houston Rockets, each game being decided by no more than six points; the Milwaukee Bucks are up 2-1 over the Boston Celtics; the Portland Trail Blazers are tied 2-2 with the Denver Nuggets. The craziest part of that series? A quadruple overtime Trail Blazers win on Friday.