76ers Are Totally Screwed if They Don’t Adjust for Kawhi Leonard and Pascal Siakam

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The Raptors were dominant in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, defeating the 76ers at Scotiabank Arena 108-95. The hero of the night was Kawhi Leonard, who exposed Philly's defense to the tune of 45 points.

Pascal Siakam was effective as well, dropping 29 points and 7 rebounds on an ultra efficient 12-for-15 shooting. The pair combined for 76 of Toronto's 108 points, and the 76ers looked completely outmatched by the Raptors tandem of star and emerging star. 

While Philadelphia was likely worried about Kyle Lowry heading into the series, it seems that Siakam represents a far bigger problem, not to mention Leonard, a usual suspect, whose versatility and talent in all facets of the game proved a nightmare for the road-team on Saturday.

Expecting Siakam to drain 80% of his shots every night is unrealistic, but the fact that the 76ers had no answer defensively to the Raptors' duo is extremely problematic. No matter who Philly stuck on Leonard, he would dice past them to the basket. Siakam was equally as effective offensively, and drained 3-of-4 3-pointers, keeping alive his red-hot postseason.

#basketball, #professional

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