A few takeaways from the Philadelphia 76ers 89-125, Game 5 blow out loss against the Toronto Raptors.
Last night, Game 5 ended in the worst possible fashion for the 76ers who looked to rebound from a Game 4 loss on Sunday. The team got off to a solid start in the first quarter scoring 26 points.
Unfortunately, the Raptors would separate themselves from the Sixers, closing the first half 64-43. After the second quarter, Philadelphia struggled to gain a rhythm and get back into the game.
Obviously, the Sixers are still in this series and have a shot to win it but they need to play with more effort on both sides of the ball. Here are takeaways from last night’s blow out loss in Toronto.
Ben Simmons subpar again
Throughout this series, Ben Simmons has struggled to dominate or impact the flow of the game. Simmons finished the game with 7 points, 7 rebounds
Simmons is at his best when he is attacking the rim, pushing the pace and getting his teammates involved. However, Toronto continues to clog the paint and force Simmons to score in the half court.
In order for the 76ers to win this series, they need more contribution from their All-Star point-forward. Last night’s loss was the second time this series that Simmons was held under 10 points.
In addition to Simmons’ underwhelming scoring performance, he committed five turnovers. One reason for the five turnovers could be the Raptors length. Toronto is a solid defensive team with lengthy defenders in Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam, Serge Ibaka and Danny Green.
Clearly, Simmons needs to step his game up if the 76ers have any chance of forcing a Game 7.
Toronto starting five
For the first time, this series all five Raptors scored in double-digits. Leonard and Siakam have carried this team throughout the second round. Kyle Lowry (19 points), Marc Gasol (11 points), Green (17 points), Leonard (21 points) and Siakam (25 points) outplayed the 76ers starting
Even though Toronto is in control of this series with a 3-2 lead it’s scary to think that this team has not played their best basketball yet. All game this team defended the Sixers and even shut down J.J. Redick who shot 1 of 6 from the field (17 percent).
On the other hand, Jimmy Butler (22 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds) and Tobias Harris (15 points and 6 rebounds) played relatively well but it’s clear that the team can’t win if neither Simmons or Joel Embiid have a solid game.
If Toronto’s starting five plays at a high-level in Game 6, the 76ers will be watching the rest of the playoffs from home.
Possible end to Brett Brown era
Make no mistake, Brett Brown is an amazing coach, but his time may be up in Philadelphia. Last postseason, Brown failed to make coaching adjustments to put the Sixers in the best position to win in the Conference Semi-Finals against the Boston Celtics.
This year, Brown and the Sixers find themselves in a similar position if they do not win Game 6 Thursday at home. If Philadelphia suffers another loss on Thursday Brown will be out as the head coach.
Another loss will prove that the 76ers need to look in another direction for a head coach. Brown has been the head coach for six seasons and has posted a 178-314 record. Granted the team made the playoffs for the first time in five years last season.
Needless to say, Game 6 is a must-win for the Sixers and Brown. Game 6 tips off Thursday at 8:00 p.m. on ESPN.
All stats for this article are from ESPN.COM.
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