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"I think we are focused", he said of he prep working going into the series. Will Brett Brown survive if the Sixers don't get past the Raptors, and does he deserve to? Without him, this could become a one-sided series. We hope that we're studied.

The 23-year-old guard averaged 21.1 points and 7.0 assists in 81 games this season and made his first All-Star team. More importantly, Simmons averaged an nearly unfathomable eight turnovers per game.

Leonard is arguably the best two-way player in the league and has killed the Sixers this season, averaging 30.3 points a game and tormenting Ben Simmons defensively.

The teams have not met since February 5 - a 119-107 win for Toronto in Philadelphia - and both have different looks going into the playoff series. "We feel like Toronto is as good as anybody in the National Basketball Association and I feel like we can be as good as anybody in the National Basketball Association".

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"They're very talented", Magic forward Aaron Gordon said of Toronto. Redick asked. "I think he looks better". "Yeah, he's pretty damn good".

Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) shoots against Orlando Magic guard D.J. Augustin (14) in the second half in game five of the first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena. Obviously [the Raptors] have a go-to guy. After struggling out of the gate, Powell's production steadily improved as the series went along. And now you've got Kyle and Kawhi both doing it and now those other guys don't have much choice.

Philadelphia posted its third double-digit win of the series, but unlike the wins in Games 2 and 3, when the 76ers pulled away after halftime, the dominating tone was established early. His availability was in question going into each of the other four games. As a formidable force down low, the Nets don't have much of an answer for Embiid and his presence in the lineup causes a major mismatch. We have to get back and play transition defense.

He remained in the game but minutes later, when he was pulled he ran directly to the Raptors locker room.

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And while Kyle Lowry has been the target of criticism at times for his play in the first-round, it may be unwise to underestimate the Philadelphia native as he enters his first-ever playoff series against the Sixers, whom he has averaged 16.6 points against in 32 career meetings, and scored 20 points against on three occasions this season. They play an exciting style under Atkinson in an attractive market, and that should only help Marks the next time he goes shopping for players. They got a good team.

The Raptors, meanwhile, have Fred VanVleet, Serge Ibaka and Norm Powell, who took the brunt of the non-starter minutes in the first round with Patrick McCaw, Jodie Meeks, Jeremy Lin and Malcolm Miller there if need be.

Toronto's previous three postseason runs were all ended by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, including a six-game defeat in the 2016 Eastern Conference Finals, and consecutive second-round sweeps in 2017 and 2018. "What we don't have is the consistency of familiarity. So just coming in here, just showing that we made the playoffs and have a lot of talent, young talent, I think we made it a more attractive destination". "But what we do have is firepower".

The Nets never recovered from an bad start in Game 5 Tuesday night against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, never getting the game back into single digits after missing their first nine shots and committing five turnovers before getting a point on the board. For the Sixers, Mike Scott (bruised heel and plantar fasciitis) is listed as out.

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"I definitely want to be here but I also know it's a business, too", Russell told reporters on Wednesday.

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