Sixers vs Raptors Playoff Preview

Rise and shine Philadelphia fans, it's playoff time! The 76ers host a 1st round matchup against the Toronto Raptors lead by head coach Nick Nurse, and star player Pascal Siakam.

A lot of questions rise in the air about this Philly team and their willingness to execute and finish. It all ties back to one person, and that man is James Harden.

Harden is the focal point in Philadelphia's offense, he is the main ball handler, and a secondary scorer. He is responsible for getting other guys going such as Tobias Harris, Tyrese Maxey, and Danny Green. Joel Embiid is expected to get double, or even triple teamed all series so it is up to Harden to take a big role in this years playoffs.

Nick Nurse is known for coming up with defensive game plans for star players such as Joel Embiid. The Toronto Raptors always so a fantastic job at executing Nurse's plans.

Joel has come out and talked about the Raptors defensive game plans against him. He has said that is has made him become a better playmaker, and passer. I would expect for Embiid to take his playmaking to a different level in this years playoffs. Not only is it Embiid's job to do a load of the scoring, but it is also his responsibility to get other guys getting touches and hitting their shots.

Matisse Thybulle will only be available for game 1,2,5,7 due to his vaccination status. It leaves a lot of questions in the air about Danny Green and if he can hit his shots and play his defense. The Sixers were without Danny Green for half of the playoffs last year due to injury. Philadelphia needs his veteran experience more then ever.

The media is calling this series "a coin flip" because of how much the Sixers have struggled against the Raptors in recent years and Nick Nurse's abilities to slow down our key players.

The 76ers have a few players who are known for melting down in big games and not playing up to those expectations, and those guys are James Harden, and Georges Niang. Can they face the difficult road that lies ahead? We will see, starting tonight at 6:00 PM at Wells Fargo Center here in Philadelphia.

Good luck to the 76ers, and may the best team win.

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