By: Kylan Watson
The Philadelphia 76ers faced the Toronto Raptors in their second preseason game. Philly came into the game looking to rebound after losing to Toronto on Tuesday night. They had a better offensive showing tonight as they used a three-point barrage to cook Toronto 125-113.
Philly jumped on Toronto from the opening tip as they got eight early points from forward Danny Green. The Sixers also got Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris back after sitting out Tuesday night. Philly’s offense looked a lot better. They moved the ball, found the open man, and suffocated Toronto with their perimeter defense. The length of Philly’s defenders clearly bothered the Raptors shooters and forced 14 turnovers.
Philly made Toronto pay when they turned the ball over as it either led to an easy dunk or three-pointer. They hit 18 three-pointers during tonight’s game after hitting only eight on Tuesday night.
Embiid (10-points) and Harris (14-points) combined for 24-points. Toronto had no answers for the two of them. The developing chemistry between them will be important for Philly going forward. They will need the scoring and defensive prowess of both players in the absence of Ben Simmons. Embiid was the defensive anchor for the Sixers in tonight’s game. He will get a workout on both ends of the court as it will be up to him to be the engine on defense. Harris’ continued development on the defensive end will be important as he will probably be on the main offensive weapon of Philly’s opponents when the regular season begins.
Even though its only preseason this was a good showing for the Sixers. They are still trying to figure out who will play the point-guard position between Tyrese Maxey and Shake Milton. That battle will continue to highlight preseason play for them until Ben Simmons returns or gets dealt. The development of both will be important to balance out Harris and Embiid. The Sixers will need that third weapon if they want to return to the playoffs and a top seed in the East.
On the battle between Maxey and Milton,
“Two guys who have been going at it in training camp. Competing. We need both of those guys to be confident. Those are two guys who are important to our unit. They’re up for the challenge,” said Harris.