The Raptors began the second round the way they ended the first: End-to-end dominance. The defence was sensational, Kawhi Leonard and Pascal Siakam were nearly perfect on offense, and the Toronto Raptors showed everyone once again: This is a different Raptors team than we’re used to seeing.
Let’s jump right into the thoughts from last night’s Game 1 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.
Game 1 Hump, Done
Before the playoffs began, Kawhi Leonard dropped a casual “what hump?” when asked about the Raptors’ past playoff struggles. He may have gotten a taste of those struggles in Game 1 against Orlando, but there were no humps to be seen last night. His performance was awe-inspiring.
45 points on 23 shots with 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals and a (monster) block.
THIS IS IT! pic.twitter.com/5Os5TGueVC— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) April 28, 2019
Philadelphia has no answer for the type of clinical effectiveness Leonard uses to dispatch opponents. Brett Brown and his team spoke of sending more help after the game, but, from where? Leaving more space for Kyle Lowry and Marc Gasol to pick apart your defense doesn’t seem wise, and if you wanna leave Danny Green open in the corner, go …
Author: Josh Kern / Raptors HQ