The Sixers Get a Win, but Not a Chance to Exhale

The James Harden-Joel Embiid partnership passed its first playoff test. The 76ers routed the Raptors in Game 1

cruising to a 131–111 win. Philly opened up a big lead in the second quarter and never looked back,

The Raptors will lose this series in four games if Maxey leads all scorers and shoots over 66% every night.

The 21-year old was unstoppable, hitting five threes and slicing through Toronto’s defense.

Nick Nurse played small and sold out on stopping Embiid, which meant sending doubles and traps at him all night long.

With Scottie Barnes occupied with Harden, Maxey took advantage of the relative lack of attention. Moving forward, Maxey’s explosion creates a bit of a dilemma for the Raptors.

Do they game plan and account for him as much as they do Philly’s halfcourt behemoths? Or do they hope he can’t come close to replicating his performance?

Philly finished the game shooting 16-of-32 from three. During the regular season, the Sixers hit at least 16 threes in a game only nine times,

The doubles on Embiid opened up shots on the perimeter. Maxey, Tobias Harris, and Georges Niang all took advantage, with Harden adding four triples as well. With their lack of size,