Nobody gave the Raptors a tougher test on their run to a title than the Philadelphia 76ers.
That’s a fact.
Some people will find that to be a negative, i.e. they’ll say, “well shit! we should have had them! but we let em off the hook!”
Other people will say, “you know what? we’re close… they needed a ridiculous final shot in game seven to eliminate the Sixers.”
I think I’d put myself in the latter category, the glass half full, where you take a step back and think, “hmm.. imagine if Joel Embiid was healthy in that series…” The Sixers had chances in games four and seven to dispatch Toronto, but it was half court offensive execution, missed shots, and some defensive rebounding that let them down.
The one thing that really stuck out to me like a sore thumb watching the Milwaukee and Golden State series is that both of those teams just did not have the size and athleticism on defense that the Sixers possess. We all should have a newfound respect for just how big the Sixers are and how disruptive they can be, how they did a great job limiting guys like Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, and Serge Ibaka in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Some things worth pointing out, after the jump: