NBA Playoffs 2019: Toronto Raptors vs. Philadelphia 76ers Game 2 live stream

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Since dropping 36 on the Nets in Game 1 of that first-round series, he's averaged just 10.6 points per game and made 2-of-11 3-pointers. "He started shooting the ball very well, which rose his level of play ... and now he's kind of back to his maybe more natural instincts, which is to be the team leader and tough as heck out there", he said. We get stops, and we're taking off into the open floor. "They came out more aggressive than us ... we didn't play well".

"Full credit all over the place to Joel".

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Siakam took 11 shots in the first half and made just three for seven points.

Philadelphia did out-rebound Toronto 47-40, including 13-2 on the offensive boards, and the 76ers had a 14-2 advantage in second-chance points.

It still wasn't peak Siakam, but it was an improvement.

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The Raptors have been absolutely rolling, coming off four straight wins over the Magic to smash the 76ers in Game 1 of their second-round series.

Brown was inspired to make the swap by Embiid's comparative success defending Giannis Antetokounmpo in recent matchups with the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Sixers dominated most of the first half, leading 51-38, but Gasol was doing what the coaches wanted him to do.

But, amusing thing, he didn't get as many of those calls against the Warriors, and by Monday there were multiple media reports that documented behind-the-scenes efforts by Houston to convince the league that they were not getting the proper calls, including in Game 7 of the West finals a year ago, which the Warriors won after the Rockets missed an unfathomable 27 straight threes. I'm sure that's the character we have on this team. "I mean, sometimes he doesn't even shoot or score of whatever and it doesn't seem to affect the job he seems to have found playing for the team and the importance and that is, it's priceless really".

The Raptors weren't really good on Monday night, being outworked and out game-planned and outpushed by the rather desperate Sixers. "Like really, really good". Don't think that I'm not tinkering with those in my head all game long. You always do that, right?

Game 3 is on Thursday back in Pennsylvania. Ibaka had a poor all-around game. Philly knew they were going to give up points to Leonard who averaged 26 points-per-game in the regular season, which ranked sixth in the entire National Basketball Association.

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VanVleet has not been his normal productive self in the offence, but he has been a huge plus on the defensive end in these playoffs, holding first Terrence Ross and now JJ Redick in check when he has come off the bench.

It was the first win in Toronto for the 76ers since November 10, 2012, following 14 consecutive losses. "I thought our guys did a pretty good job".

"We didn't play well tonight, " Lowry said.

The unconventional evolution of Lowry from first-round pick, to benchwarmer, to starter, to perennial all-star, was a pre-game topic of conversation.

It doesn't sound like the Raptors are counting on any help from OG Anunoby in the near future. Raptors coach Nick Nurse practised some serious diplomacy by making his complaints about the calls rather subtle in between games. It's not like we're checking. But you never know and when I find out, you will. So there's literally no update.

When Anunoby first went under the knife, the prognosis was for a third-round at the earliest return.

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