Alright, I’m back. Spent the week getting adjusted to life with a newborn, and as such, I’m writing this at five in the morning on a Sunday as my daughter poops in her diaper.
That’s what the Sixers put in last night – a poopy performance, but not something that can’t be fixed. You can change the diaper, wash your hands, get some sleep, then come back on Monday night and give it another shot.
In a way, that game felt similar to game one against Brooklyn, with the Philly offense struggling to create good looks while the opponent seemed to be hitting every single shot they took. Toronto runs were often book-ended with a bad Sixers turnover or poor mental decision, and while Brett Brown’s team did string together some nice possessions themselves, it just felt like they had to work infinitely harder for everything they got.
That’s really the game in a nutshell. Toronto’s starting unit outplayed the Sixers’ starting unit. Tobias Harris, Jimmy Butler, and Joel Embiid combined to shoot 15-47 from the floor (31.9%) while Kawhi Leonard and Pascal Siakam went 28-38 (73.6%).
I guess the natural thing is to sit here and say, “surely those two can’t play like that again… right?”
Kawhi hit 16 of 23 shots last night (69.6%) and put up these shooting marks in the Orlando series:
- game one: 56% (10-18)
- game two: 68% (15-22)
- game three: 26% (5-19)
- game four: 60% (12-20)
- game five: 72% (8-11)
His round one average was 57%, so he’ll drop off from super elite status to just really damn good… I think.
Siakam shot 53% in round one and I highly doubt he shoots 80% again in this series, but everything for those two guys was going down last night. Look at this combined Kawhi/Siakam shooting chart on the left, compared to Joel, Tobias, and Jimmy:
That pretty much tells the story.
I could end the article right there, but then it wouldn’t be much of an article would it?
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