After an embarrassing Game 1, the Sixers rebounded and stole Game 2 and home court advantage. Philly’s counters made the Raptors look vulnerable. Can Toronto swing the momentum and win on the road in Game 3? The Philadelphia 76ers showed up in Game 2, and Brett Brown rolled out his coaching adjustments that left Toronto Raptors and Nick Nurse thinking about re-inventing his strategy and rotations for the first time in the post-season.
The Sixers showed up with better defensive intensity, and an overall better game plan compared to their Game 1 performance. They managed to establish Jimmy Butler in Game 2 and even got solid bench contributions without Mike Scott logging a single minute. The Sixers’ rotation continued to massacre the Raptors’ bench unit, even though they were shored up by 1-2 starters for the most part.
It was the Raptors who no-showed in Game 2. Their outside shooting and their bench scoring were non-existent, and the Raptors’ defense was uncharacteristically sloppy in key spots.
Right now, Nurse appears forced to adjust to what the Sixers are doing. Can he respond in his own way? Do the Raptors have the personnel? Let’s get into some tactical issues.
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Author: JD Quirante / Raptors HQ