Published: Sun, April 28, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Philadelphia 76ers: 3 potential free agents targets from the Nets

Philadelphia 76ers: 3 potential free agents targets from the Nets

Friends, I am here to tell you that he ain't practising any more.

Based on how the first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs unfolded, it's clear Leonard wasn't blowing smoke. Some of it was due to his load-managed 60-game schedule.

Some of those potential game-changers, such as Kyrie Irving and Kemba Walker, play Russell's position. And some of it was due to the Raptors, as an organization, biding their way through the months between October and April.

The Magic will hang a banner for winning the Southeast Division championship, but the real thing for the long-struggling franchise to celebrate going into this summer is that it had the biggest win-total improvement in the National Basketball Association this season. So Toronto will probably have Green on Butler, Lowry on Redick, Leonard on Simmons, Siakam on Harris, and Gasol on Embiid.

The seven-foot-one centre played a big role in Toronto's Round 1 victory over Orlando, holding Magic all-star centre Nikola Vucevic to an average of 11.2 points (and 36.2 per cent shooting) in the five-game victory.

Game One of the best of seven Eastern Conference semi-final series begins Saturday at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto and will be broadcast on TNT.

The Raptors have a supply at the ready of five or six guys who can step in and help them.

"But, that killer instinct", he said, warming up to the subject now. Ask Alexa! Say "Alexa, enable Spreaker" and to start listening simply say "WagerTalk" when asked what you want to listen to! Philly can't rely on talent anymore, as the opposing squad is equally-talented, even more with Siakam's leaping progress.

"He was able to break their will, so to speak, and that's what superstars do", VanVleet said. Harris was just 3 of 16 through the first four games. In this game, the Raptors current starting lineup was at full force, however, the Sixers playoff lineup was not.

76ers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 3 or more days rest.

Nick Nurse said on Friday that watching Leonard up-close has been an experience. "I'm not saying he can do it all the time".

And through five games of the post-season, the Toronto Raptors star has certainly lived up to his billing.

This was something of a hallmark for Leonard in his most recent healthy season in San Antonio, 2016-17, when his I'm-taking-this-ball-now steals became an internet sensation.

During Gasol's time in Memphis, the club was 3-2 versus Philadelphia. "It's not easy to do and he can do it once in a while, and it's pretty intimidating, too". "Wonderful season. Talk about championships and that's great, but seasons like these, you guys know how hard that is in professional sports, especially people picked us 32 wins, 30 wins and to come up with 42, sixth seed in the playoffs, I'm very proud of what we accomplished this year". "So he kind of got to a level of speed at both ends", Nurse said. FYI, there are only three players this week. We have seen a different version of Lowry all season long as he has largely deferred to his teammates and as a result, racked up his assists average to a career-high of 8.7 dishes per contest. They lost in the East finals in 2016. And 2017. And also 2018.

We are yet to see the Sixers employ fluid half-court offensive schemes with both Harris and Butler on the floor.

Lowry has liked the Raptors' methodical approach in the film room to breaking down what the team can expect from the 76ers, but he believes knowledge of the tendencies of the individuals will be just as important. I don't read much, but I don't know if he gets the credit he should and we hope to have some carryover on that.

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