Joel Embiid says the Toronto Raptors are the only team who plays solid defense against him

Joel Embiid says the Toronto Raptors are the only team who plays solid defense against him

While Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid is an MVP candidate, and arguably the best offensive big man in the game today, the Toronto Raptors have been a thorn in his side for years. Be it Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka, or even Aron Baynes this season, Toronto has done a solid job of keeping Embiid in […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Pascal Siakam struggles as Heat scorch Toronto in frustrating loss

Raptors: Pascal Siakam struggles as Heat scorch Toronto in frustrating loss

Coming off a hard-fought game against the Philadelphia 76ers, the Toronto Raptors suffered a tough 116-108 loss against the Miami Heat on the second night of a back-to-back. The Raptors moved to .500 on the season with the win over Philadelphia, but they are taking on a Heat team that is a far cry from […]
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Author: Nickeem Khan / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Looking at a Kyle Lowry to the 76ers trade

Toronto Raptors: Looking at a Kyle Lowry to the 76ers trade

The Philadelphia 76ers whiffed on the James Harden sweepstakes. Still in the market for a guard, don’t expect Daryl Morey to be complacent with what he has. Morey isn’t exactly shy of big deals and is absolutely making calls to some teams who may be willing to make a move. The Toronto Raptors would be […]
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Author: Jack Long / Raptors HQ

Grades from Toronto Raptors’ win vs rival Philadelphia 76ers

The Toronto Raptors overcame the Philadelphia 76ers with a strong defensive effort on Wednesday night. How did everyone grade in the win? Well, that was certainly a game. The Toronto Raptors and the Philadelphia 76ers both came into this game on the back of four-game winning streaks. By the end of this game, only one […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ

Before The Tip: Sixers @ Raptors, Jan. 22nd

The Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers square off at Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday night (7 pm EST). Both teams bring win streaks of four games into tonight’s divisional clash, so something’s gotta give. The Toronto Raptors hold a one-game lead over the visiting Philadelphia 76ers and will be looking to give themselves a little bit […]
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Author: Jordan Skuse / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Takeaways from the loss to the Philadelphia 76ers

The Toronto Raptors lost to the Philadelphia 76ers with a final score of 110-104. What did we learn from the game? The night in Philadelphia didn’t go as planned. Actually, for much of the game, the Toronto Raptors were very much outdueled and outmatched against the 76ers. The Sixers looked clean and crisp while the […]
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Author: Andrew Hughes / Raptors HQ

Grades from Toronto Raptors superb win vs Philadelphia 76ers

The Toronto Raptors defeated the Philadelphia 76ers in a high-octane game. How did everyone grade in the win? A moment that has been replayed and recounted in dozens of languages around the world was “The Shot.” Kawhi Leonard’s series-winning Game 7 buzzer-beater was the last time we saw the Toronto Raptors take on the Philadelphia […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ

Game 7 Analysis: The Raptors made the right decisions to fend off the Sixers

The Raptors managed to beat the Philadelphia 76ers in seven games thanks to a truly absurd shot from Kawhi Leonard. Let’s look back at the decisions in Game 7 that led to that moment. So, Kawhi Leonard, huh?
Yeah, I still can’t believe that happened. But a lot needed to go right for the Raptors in Game 7 to even get to that last shot. There have been a few games where enough went wrong that Toronto didn’t have that chance at the end of the game.
Let’s check in on how they got to the finish line in their series with the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round of the NBA Playoffs.

That Embiid Matchup

It’s been a story line all series long. Joel Embiid has been by far the 76ers best player, and defending him with Marc Gasol was going to be absolutely crucial to the Raptors’ success, which became very clear after just one game, in spite of the general success of that game.
In Game 7, Nick Nurse made sure to match Gasol’s minutes directly to Embiid’s, much like in Game 5. And it paid off, keeping the Raptors within striking distance in …

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Author: Daniel Hackett / Raptors HQ

Raptors seek a bounce back in Game 3 vs. the 76ers: Preview, start time and more

The Raptors nearly won Game 2 despite the 76ers best efforts. Can they answer on the road in Game 3? The Raptors shot 36 percent from the field, made 10 of their 37 three-point attempts, turned the ball over nine times, lost the rebounding battle by 17, and lost Game 2 by a margin of — hold on, let me adjust my glasses — five points.
If you’re not feeling a modicum of optimism, even considering a home playoff loss, then you’re not looking hard enough. The 76ers did all the things they had to do in Monday’s Game 2 after having their butts handed to them in Game 1. They changed up a bunch of defensive matchups — Tobias Harris on Marc Gasol, Joel Embiid on Pascal Siakam, Ben Simmons on Kawhi Leonard — forcing those Raptors players out of their comfort zone (if only in the short-term) and Toronto into matchup hunting. After a devolution of their offence in the first half, though, the Raptors went back to their normal selves. They won the third quarter by seven and nearly stole the game at the last second, as a wide open game-tying Danny Green three was too strong.
So, yes, now the Raptors have to answer with adjustments …

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Author: John Gaudes / Raptors HQ

Raptors vs. 76ers Game 1 Thread: Updates, TV info, and more

Now the playoffs get really series, as the Philadelphia 76ers head into Toronto to try and steal Game 1 from the Raptors. Will it happen? Let’s watch. Is it possible we’re getting too confident in Toronto? After watching the Raptors blow Game 1 vs. Orlando, all the usual terrors roamed free in this city and there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then, absolution: the Raptors blew the doors off the Magic for the next four games and looked every bit the fearsome title contenders they carry themselves to be.
But the Philadelphia 76ers are a different matter. Like the Raptors, their starting lineup is one of extreme talent, stocked as it is with players capable of filling the stat sheet in a myriad of ways, and able to change the complexion of a game — of an entire series — in a moment. The Sixers hit their own speed bump in the first round, dropping Game 1 to the Brooklyn Nets, and then muscled their way past that feisty team in five games too. As much as I’d like to make jokes at their expense (and I will), the Sixers are no laughing matter.
Of course this is also part …

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Author: Daniel Reynolds / Raptors HQ