Beat writers discussion: The mid-series tactical adjustments to watch for in Sixers-Raptors

Title: Beat writers discussion: The mid-series tactical adjustments to watch for in Sixers-Raptors
Date: May 4, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic, I collaborated with Mike O’Connor of The Athletic Philadelphia to break down the tactical adjustments made through Games 1-3 of Raptors-76ers and what might be coming in Game 4.

The​ Philadelphia 76ers took a 2-1 series​ lead​ against the Toronto Raptors​ on Thursday with a dominant​​ 116-95 victory. The series appears to now be firmly in the hands of the 76ers, who seem to be picking up momentum as a connected unit on both ends of the floor. After several strong showings following their standard playoff-opening loss, the Raptors have watched things go off the rails a bit, turning in a wholly unsatisfying Game 3 performance.

It’s easy to overreact to the swings of a series, game by game. Adjustments after a 21-point blowout can seem too small to matter. They do. In an attempt to reset where the terms of engagement lie heading into Game 4 on Sunday, we — Blake Murphy of The Athletic Toronto and Mike O’Connor of The Athletic Philadelphia — decided to discuss some of the tactical storylines that have played out so far and anticipate where each coach may go from here.

MURPHY: Well, Mike, things could not have gone much more smoothly for the 76ers on Thursday. The Raptors relied heavily on Kawhi Leonard, absolutely cratered when he wasn’t on the floor and allowed Joel Embiid to romp free for one-dribble windmill dunks and running around making airplane arms and, I assume, engine noises from his mouth.

Continue reading at The Athletic.

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