After a potentially season-saving win in Philly, we spoke to David Early of Liberty Ballers before the Raptors head back home for Game 5. The Raptors look to defend home court tonight against the Philadelphia 76ers, and we spoke to David Early of Liberty Ballers to hear his thoughts on how the series may shake out.
Nick Nurse opted to throw Ibaka and Gasol out there together to combat Philly’s size. How do you foresee Brett Brown countering in Game 5?
Yeah, those lineups really hurt. They did so little of it since acquiring Gasol but were a +11.3 and it appeared to catch Philadelphia off guard a bit. I’m not so sure there are necessarily major adjustments to be made (as a Sixers fan, I’d still much rather face that than Siakam -who looked quite limited — but will have time to recover). I would guess that Brett will continue to use Embiid as a spy when Gasol posts a smaller player and also as rim help when Toronto does high screen-n-rolls. I think the “sword” they’d like to fall on then is the Ibaka deep ball and mid-range game and take their chances. I wouldn’t be surprised …
Author: Dylan Litman / Raptors HQ