Raptors to face Sixers in first spherical of playoffs | Globalnews.ca

Raptors to face Sixers in first round of playoffs  | Globalnews.ca

2022-04-11 07:03:15

The Toronto Raptors will face their Atlantic Division rival Philadelphia 76ers within the opening spherical of the playoffs.

The Raptors (48-34) clinched their eighth playoff berth in 9 seasons with Tuesday’s win versus Atlanta, and secured the fifth seed with Friday’s comeback towards Houston.

However the logjam within the Japanese Convention meant having to attend till the top of Sunday’s regular-season finales to be taught their post-season opponent.

The Boston Celtics’ 139-110 victory over Memphis secured them the No. 2 spot within the East, that means Philly might end no higher than fourth, and Toronto, fifth, no matter their outcomes Sunday.

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The Raptors, who sat Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet on Sunday for relaxation, completed with a meaningless 105-94 loss at New York.

The most effective-of-seven sequence will start in Philadelphia on Saturday at 6:00 p.m.

The Raptors head into the post-season on a scorching streak that started with a five-game successful streak out west in early March. They received 14 of 18 video games since then, one of the best document within the league throughout that stretch.

The Raptors received their season sequence towards Philly 3-1, together with a shorthanded 119-114 victory towards the visiting Sixers on Thursday. Philadelphia’s elite defender Matisse Thybulle, who was dominated ineligible to play in Toronto on Thursday, additionally received’t be capable of play in Video games 3 and 4 at Scotiabank Area, Sixers coach Doc Rivers advised reporters on Sunday due to his vaccination standing.

Gamers should be vaccinated to cross the border to play. The principles apply for Toronto gamers travelling south, however the Raptors are 100 per cent vaccinated.

The Raptors have confronted Philly twice within the post-season, most memorably in 2019 when Kawhi Leonard hit the buzzer-beater in Sport 7 of the convention semifinals en path to successful the NBA championship.

The Raptors misplaced to the Sixers within the 2001 convention semifinals, in an exhilarating seven-game battle that featured Vince Carter and Allen Iverson.

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This report by The Canadian Press was first printed April 10, 2022.

© 2022 The Canadian Press

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