Raptors vs. 76ers: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The Toronto Raptors (0-1) play against the Philadelphia 76ers (0-0) at Wells Fargo Center

Game Time: 7:30 PM EDT on Monday April 18, 2022

Toronto Raptors 38, Philadelphia 76ers 37 (Q2 10:33)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
That might be a Box/1 on Harden. Need to see more reps. Philly had Maxey out there with him start of the 2nd in Game 1. – 8:14 PM

Mike Ganter @Mike_Ganter
Raps up 33-32 after a quarter. Embiid has 19 in the frame, 11 from the line on 12 attempts. Raps team total for free throws is five. – 8:13 PM

Tas Melas @TasMelas
Fred VanVleet killed his own aggressiveness with two early fouls in Game 1. Threw that performance in the trash. Good players respond. – 8:13 PM

Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
11 of Embiid’s 19 first-quarter points came at the free throw line. He attempted 12 of Philly’s 15 free throws and drew 8 of the Toronto’s 9 fouls. The Raptors (who’s most comparable player in terms of size is giving up more than 3 inches & 50 pounds) don’t have an answer for him – 8:13 PM

Dave Early @DavidEarly
Georges Niang has three fouls in 5 minutes. Wonder if we’ll see some BBall Paul at the 4 in this one. – 8:12 PM

Lauren Rosen @LaurenMRosen
Joel Embiid’s first quarter:
19 PTS / 3 REB
…! – 8:12 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Raptors lead 33-32 after one quarter. Embiid had 19 points in the quarter, while VanVleet had 15. #Sixers shooting 53.3% from the field. Raptors are shooting 50% – 8:12 PM

Derek Bodner @DerekBodnerNBA
Raptors up 33-32 at the end of one, led by Fred VanVleet (15, including 4-6 on 3s). Embiid’s 19 points (4-6, 11-12 from the line) were more than the rest of the Sixers combined (Niang at 5, Harden at 5 and Green with 3 rounded out the rest of the scoring). – 8:11 PM

Philadelphia 76ers @sixers
after 1.
🪙@Cryptocom pic.twitter.com/pY7LpUwYdd8:11 PM

Noah Levick @NoahLevick
A 19-point first quarter for Joel Embiid (4 for 6 from the floor, 11 for 12 from the foul line). He scored 19 points in Game 1.
Three Raptors — Anunoby, Siakam, Birch — already have two fouls. – 8:11 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Raptors 33, 76ers 32 after one. That was a very fun quarter. Joel Embiid had 19 points, three rebounds and went 11-for-12 from the free throw line. Fred VanVleet had 15 points and 2 assists and went 4-for-6 from 3. We’ll see what happens now with both Embiid & FVV on the bench. – 8:11 PM

Eric Koreen @ekoreen
Raps up 33-32 after a quarter. VanVleet and Siakam were both outstanding, but the Raptors are using all of their fouls on Embiid, who has 19. – 8:11 PM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Raptors 33, Sixers 32 at the end of the first. That was chippy and intense and quite the scoring duel between Embiid (19 points) and VanVleet (15 points). Are we having fun yet? – 8:10 PM

Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
Joel Embiid went to the line 12 times, scored 19 points and yet the 76ers trail the Raptors after 1, 33-32 – 8:10 PM

Doug Smith @SmithRaps
So through all the histrionics and fooferah, Raptors up 1 after a quarter when they looked far more like themselves – 8:10 PM

Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
Fred VanVleet had more points in that first quarter than he did in the entire 2019 7-game series vs Philadelphia.
FVV in the 2019 series: 14 points, 3-24 FG, 1-14 3P in 118 minutes.
FVV in tonight’s 1st quarter: 15 points, 5-9 FG, 4-6 3P in 12 minutes. – 8:10 PM

Toronto Raptors @Raptors
OH MY @OG Anunoby 🤯 pic.twitter.com/HvnfZMAVf38:09 PM

Mike Lynch @SportInfo247
Per @Stathead Joel Embiid is the only player in the last 25 years to make 11+ FT in the first quarter of a playoff game https://t.co/k5eY6FPsdi pic.twitter.com/1XBsYXhMBw8:09 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Thaddeus Young checks into the game for the first time tonight, with a wrap on his left thumb. – 8:08 PM

Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Thad Young to the table – 8:08 PM

Michael Grange @michaelgrange
One thing Embiid can’t complain about is getting refereed like a giant — ie: the little people fouls don’t get called. Guy gets some marginal calls in his favour. Was Malachi Flynn really impeding his progress? Come on man. It was a foul, but it affected nothing. – 8:07 PM

Yaron Weitzman @YaronWeitzman
When Embiid runs like this off misses and gets that position in transition defenses have no chance – 8:07 PM

Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Wanna know why Embiid’s shot 12 FTs?
Because the Raptors are legit fouling him
It’s really that simple – 8:07 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Something tells me Embiid is going to foul out a couple of these dudes. He’s 11-12 from the foul line …. in the first quarter. – 8:07 PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Embiid running the floor continues to be absolutely devastating. Raps can’t get their defense in position against him and he’s way too big to deal with. – 8:07 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Joel Embiid is out here just mashing every single Raptors big man. This just isn’t fair. #Sixers8:06 PM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Joel Embiid in Game 1: 19 points.
Joel Embiid in tonight’s first quarter: 19 points. – 8:06 PM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Embiid right now pic.twitter.com/jodysRD6PO8:06 PM

Austin Krell @NBAKrell
Embiid scored 19 points in all of G1.
He’s going to the line for his 19th point of the first quarter. – 8:06 PM

Lauren Rosen @LaurenMRosen
Joel Embiid with the second chance and one.
He yells to the crowd.
Tyrese Maxey gestures to the crowd.
The crowd responds to them both. – 8:06 PM

Ryan Wolstat @WolstatSun
Would anyone notice if the Raptors put a jersey on Big Cat and let Jamaal drop six hard fouls? – 8:03 PM

Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
Two suggested adjustments for the Sixers: Can’t get cute trying to save Embiid’s legs, no Niang on Siakam (already happened). And no helping at all off FVV (should happen). – 8:03 PM

Toronto Raptors @Raptors
Make that 1⃣4⃣PTS for The Boy @Fred VanVleet pic.twitter.com/DDiBGzo6wZ8:02 PM

Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
Raptors are attacking Niang every chance they get. He was on Siakam for most of Pascal’s 37-point triple-double a couple weeks ago, so yeah, that’s a matchup they like. – 8:02 PM

Dave Early @DavidEarly
VanVleet looks like he promised someone he’ll drop 40 – 8:01 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Joel Embiid: 14 points
Fred VanVleet: 14 points
Everyone else (on both teams): 21 points – 8:01 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
VanVleet is on a mission, y’all. Up to 14 points after his 4th three-pointer. The #Raptors lead 25-24 with 2:29 left in the first quarter. – 8:01 PM

Lauren Rosen @LaurenMRosen
Joel Embiid has 14 points (3-4 fg / 8-9 FT) in his first 10 minutes tonight. 👀 – 8:01 PM

Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Raptors by 1 at second timeout; Fred’s got 14 and it’s “attack Niang” time now – 8:00 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Fred VanVleet is out here cooking with hot grease. He’s up to 14 points on 4/6 shooting from deep for the Raptors. – 8:00 PM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
FVV is on one. 14 points in 9 minutes including 4-of-6 from 3. – 8:00 PM

Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
Sixers get called for their first foul 8 minutes into the game. Raptors have already been called for 7, and Embiid/Harden have drawn them all and attempted all 12 of Philly’s free throws. Anunoby, Siakam and Birch each have 2 fouls. – 7:59 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Embiid (8-9) and James Harden (3-3) are shooting a combined 11-12 from the foul line. They’ve accounted for all of the Sixers foul shots. – 7:59 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
The #Raptors have committed all but 7 of the game’s 8 personal fouls. #Sixers7:58 PM

Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
harden should have two fouls right now, didn’t get called for a loose ball foul going for an offensive board earlier and definitely got khem on the arm contesting the shot – 7:57 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
VanVleet up to 11 points on 4-7 shooting. He’s trying to will the Raptors to victory in this game. – 7:57 PM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Embiid up to nine free throws in the first quarter, it would appear Nick Nurse’s campaigning did not sway the officials – 7:57 PM

Bryan Kalbrosky @BryanKalbrosky
Doc Rivers asked Joel Embiid if he had ever seen a “chubby guy” win MVP? pic.twitter.com/YPljMcJYbz7:57 PM

Austin Krell @NBAKrell
2 fouls apiece on:
Siakam
Birch
Anunoby – 7:56 PM

Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
Rotation minutes for Malachi Flynn, with Barnes out tonight. He was out on the floor roughly 15 minutes before his schedule pre-game shooting session earlier, getting in some extra work. His first career playoff FGA is an airball, though. – 7:55 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
The Raptors aren’t going to get any foul calls if they shoot pull up jumpers down the court every possession. This isn’t hard. – 7:55 PM

Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
Nick Nurse called for his team to be more physical with the taller 76ers. The result? 6 fouls in 6 minutes. The 76ers? Zero fouls – 7:54 PM

Austin Krell @NBAKrell
Foul on Khem Birch. Nick Nurse is the opposite of happy. – 7:53 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
#MoreInfoFlow: Danny Green just tied Robert Covington for 15th on the 76ers all-time playoffs three-pointers list with 15 – 7:53 PM

Eric Koreen @ekoreen
The Raptors have been terrible getting back in transition in this series. – 7:53 PM

Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Flynn with VanVleet allows Fred to play off the ball; and means he doesn’t have to chase Maxey as much – 7:53 PM

Eric Smith @Eric__Smith
Toronto battling the whistle, again, already.
Solid fight from the Raps thus far though. Getting Embiid agitated at times. Keep going. – 7:53 PM

Dave Early @DavidEarly
With all of this adrenaline and hard fouls the Sixers will need to remind Embiid every 2 minutes rest of the way about that double tech – 7:53 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
James Harden has tied Bob Dandridge for 81st on the NBA all-time playoffs rebounds list with 754 – 7:52 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Embiid converts the foul shot to knock the score. – 7:52 PM

Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Quick pre-emptive note: I’m basically muting anyone in the notifications whining about officials
Life’s too short
Malachi Flynn in the backup Fred minutes – 7:51 PM

Jon Johnson @jonjohnsonwip
Embiid using his size & strength to the max. Nick Nurse asked for this. – 7:51 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
This pass from Harden to Embiid was sweet. The and-one from Embiid was on point. He’ll go to the line, looking to convert the three-point play with his team down 13-12. – 7:51 PM

Philadelphia 76ers @sixers
🗣️ show ’em!
@James Harden ➡️ @Joel Embiid pic.twitter.com/Tt61mMdVGI7:51 PM

Austin Krell @NBAKrell
I was curious to see how the officials woulud respond to being challenged by Nick Nurse. They responded by calling 4 on Toronto’s 2 best wings in the first 5:13 of play.
Rest of the half should be getting Siakam and Anunoby in the action and daring them to give body. – 7:50 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Two quick fouls on Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby for Toronto. Joel Embiid, meanwhile, is *very* fired up early. Ton of emotion on both sides in what’s been a very fun start. – 7:50 PM

Derek Bodner @DerekBodnerNBA
2 early fouls on Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby isn’t good for a Raptors team that is already down Scottie Barnes.
Raptors up 13-12 early, but the Sixers, fueled by Embiid, have erased what was an early 11-4 Toronto edge. – 7:49 PM

Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
Harden’s transition passing. Pretty, pretty good. – 7:49 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
I haven’t seen Joel Embiid this animated on the basketball court in a long time. He’s talking after every play and he’s been very intense. #Sixers7:49 PM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Think the Sixers did really well to weather the early storm + keep playing through Toronto’s physicality. Embiid just mashing these guys right now – 7:49 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
I can’t imagine standing in front of Joel Embiid when he’s coming down the lane like that. He’s a human freight train in motion in those transition situations. – 7:48 PM

Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Questionable Precious Minute there
Raptors up 1 at first timeout but both OG and Siakam have two PFs – 7:48 PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Nick Nurse is correct that this shouldn’t be a shooting foul. Was a point of education a few years ago. OG makes the illegal contact, Harden feels it, and then decides to shoot. Refs are backsliding on this lately and it’s a shame. – 7:47 PM

Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
Talk about degree of difficulty. After starting Game 1 on Joel Embiid, OG Anunoby starts Game 2 on James Harden. Just picked up his second foul in 5 minutes, though. – 7:47 PM

Eric Koreen @ekoreen
That’s bad by OG. You could see Harden looking for that. – 7:47 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
OG picks up his second foul. Harden goes to the line to shoot three. – 7:47 PM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Two quick fouls on OG. Last game, it was FVV. – 7:47 PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Incredible play by Joel to run the floor after the pass ahead to Maxey and give him a target when he got stuck falling out of bounds. Embiid’s effort in transition has been a huge key for Sixers this series. – 7:46 PM

Austin Krell @NBAKrell
That’s 2 fouls on OG Anunoby. – 7:46 PM

Austin Krell @NBAKrell
The Raptors game plan is to listen to Raptors twitter. – 7:45 PM

Philadelphia 76ers @sixers
🔔 @DawnStaley 🔔 pic.twitter.com/gbKg1DcNSX7:44 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Wow. Embiid gets leveled by way to the basket. Siakam went straight up as Embiid lost his footing. But it sure did look bad. This is going to a be a #ManUpFlow game. – 7:44 PM

Mike Ganter @Mike_Ganter
Precious limps off under his own power. Another casualty of that immense size Embiid possesses. – 7:44 PM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
On replay, that looked like just a playoff foul from Siakam with Embiid losing his footing. Feel like it won’t be a flagrant but we’ll see. – 7:44 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Joel Embiid took a hard hit from Pascal Siakam. The officials are reviewing it for a possible flagrant. #Sixers7:43 PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
This is some truly inspiring effort from FVV for Toronto. He’s attacking relentlessly early. – 7:43 PM

Ryan Wolstat @WolstatSun
Might see quick subs by Raptors tonight with Trent under the weather – 7:43 PM

Toronto Raptors @Raptors
STARTING STRONG 👌 pic.twitter.com/hHWDNENypV7:43 PM

Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Big time takedown, Precious on Embiid
This one’s gonna be fun – 7:43 PM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Can see Siakam mouthing “No way!” from the opposite side of the court after getting called for that foul on Embiid. – 7:41 PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Raptors’ emphasis on running palpable early. – 7:41 PM

Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
Well, Nurse wanted his team to match Philly’s physicality. OG and the Raps sending a message early: they’re not backing down from Embiid or the Sixers. – 7:41 PM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Good news for the Sixers: James Harden made his first finish at the rim.
Bad news for the Sixers: Toronto has an 11-2 lead. – 7:40 PM

Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
Toronto much more assertive in the early going. Up 11-2 – 7:40 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
The Raptors are very clearly trying to set a different tone to start this game. OG Anunoby and Joel Embiid just got double technicals, and Toronto is out to an early lead. – 7:39 PM

Eric Koreen @ekoreen
Failing to learn from Markieff Morris, Joel Embiid gets involved with OG early on. – 7:39 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
OG and Embiid had to be separated. OK… OK … OK … The Raptors said they were going to be the intensity. I guess, it is on. Double techs for the players. – 7:39 PM

Austin Krell @NBAKrell
Double Ts on Embiid and Anunoby. – 7:39 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
It’s getting feisty already. Joel Embiid is getting into it with some Raptors players and the crowd is chanting “MVP”. Double techs on Embiid and OG Anunoby. #Sixers7:39 PM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Anunoby and Embiid getting into it during a stoppage less than 90 seconds into the game. Double techs — which favors the Raps, I’d say – 7:39 PM

Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
Joel Embiid and OG Anunoby exchanging mouthwash and shoves…double tech’s issued – 7:39 PM

Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Embiid and OG into it, couple of shoves and much contretemps – 7:38 PM

Austin Krell @NBAKrell
OG Anunoby and Joel Embiid shoving each other. Getting testy 88 seconds into play. – 7:38 PM

Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
Precious ain’t Scottie but what he can offer at his best in terms of being a primary defender on Embiid, overall defensive versatility, and floor spacing is good enough to help the Raptors win tonight. – 7:36 PM

Toronto Raptors @Raptors
It’ll take more than snow to stop us ❄️
#WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/9y8UlLiwEF7:34 PM

Austin Krell @NBAKrell
Maxey introduced to a thunderous applause. – 7:33 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
Former @TempleUniv star player/coach Dawn Staley, a 2-time Olympian who just won her second national title at @GamecockWBB, is the bell ringer at #Sixers Game 2 vs. @Toronto Raptors7:32 PM

Philadelphia 76ers @sixers
Go Time. 📍 pic.twitter.com/Ues4pCeyHg7:30 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
They gave Gus Johnson a game in Philadelphia. How chaotic. – 7:29 PM

Sean Kelley @SeanKelleyLive
All set on @ESPNRadio for game two of @Toronto Raptors at @Philadelphia 76ers. @KevinPWinter in the studio. @Rosalyn Gold-Onwude and I have the call from Wells Fargo Center. Can the short handed Raptors steal one before the series heads to Toronto or will the Sixers dominate another one? pic.twitter.com/9C7Aeux5zs7:14 PM

Toronto Raptors @Raptors
Tonight’s @invisalign Starting Lineup pic.twitter.com/t3YDGUxTmX7:13 PM

Rosalyn Gold-Onwude @ROSGO21
Oooweeee Game day from Philadelphia!!
Rocking out in the analyst seat for 76ers vs Raptors Game 2 w/ my partner @Sean Kelley on @ESPNRadio 🔥🏀🔥🏀 #NBAPlayoffs let’s get it!!!! 🙌🏽💪🏽 – 7:12 PM

Philadelphia 76ers @sixers
game ✌️ coming up! pic.twitter.com/C5lMutYe5c7:09 PM

Doug Smith @SmithRaps
And Precious Achiuwa slides into the Barnes spot in the Raptors starting five with VanVleet, Trent, Anunoby and SIakam – 7:08 PM

Eric Koreen @ekoreen
Young and Trent are both available. VanVleet, Trent, Siakam, Anunoby and Achiuwa will start for the Raptors. – 7:07 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Gary Trent is starting for Toronto, and Thaddeus Young is active.
Meanwhile, Nick Nurse had this to say about the referees before tonight’s game:
“I hope they’ve got enough guts to at least stop the game and look at that stuff tonight.”
Should be an interesting night here. – 7:06 PM

Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
VanVleet, Trent Jr., Anunoby, Siakam, Achiuwa start tonight – 7:04 PM

Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Gary Trent Jr will start and play for the Raptors and Thad Young is also available, the tireless crew at Raptors media relations tell us – 7:03 PM

Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Gary Trent Jr will start and play for the Raptors and Thad Young is also available, the tireless crew @raptorspr tells us – 7:03 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Gary Trent Jr. is available and starting for the Raptors. Thaddeus Young is also available while Precious Achiuwa will start in place of the injured Scottie Barnes.
It’s the regular starters for Philadelphia in this one. #Sixers7:02 PM

Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
Thad Young and Gary Trent Jr are active for the Raptors tonight in Game 2 against the 76ers. Trent Jr is starting – 7:02 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Thad Young and Gary Trent Jr are both available vs. the #Sixers7:02 PM

Justin Grasso @JGrasso_
Thad Young and Gary Trent are available tonight #Sixers #Raptors7:02 PM

Jon Johnson @jonjohnsonwip
Embiid will not get same calls tonight.
Can’t expect repeat performance by Maxey.
Going to need better FG % from Embiid & Harden to win game two. – 7:01 PM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Starters tonight
SIXERS: Embiid, Harris, Green, Maxey, Harden
RAPS: Achiuwa, Siakam, Anunoby, Trent, Van Vleet
Thad Young is also available – 7:01 PM

Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
Trent will play and start. Achiuwa starts for Barnes. It’s VanVleet, GTJ, Anunoby, Siakam and Precious for the Raptors in Game 2. – 7:01 PM

Toronto Raptors @Raptors
playoff prep pic.twitter.com/EGI0ehv9vr7:01 PM

Austin Krell @NBAKrell
Both Gary Trent Jr and Thaddeus Young are available for the Raptors. – 7:01 PM

Ryan Wolstat @WolstatSun
Raptors will start VanVleet, Trent Jr., Siakam, Anunoby, Achiuwa. – 7:00 PM

Michael Grange @michaelgrange
Gary Trent Jr. and Thad Young will both play vs. Sixers. – 7:00 PM

Philadelphia 76ers @sixers
tonight’s starting five:
@Danny Green
@Tobias Harris
@Joel Embiid
@Tyrese Maxey
@James Harden
🏀@RothmanOrtho pic.twitter.com/rMtOymHYbX7:00 PM

Aaron Rose @AaronBenRose
Gary Trent Jr. and Thad Young will play tonight – 6:57 PM

Ryan Wolstat @WolstatSun
Since I tracked it at the blog for like six weeks, should mention final tally is Raptors moving down 13 spots with Thad Young trade. Would have been 12, but won coin toss, so Spurs get 20th pick, not 21st. – 6:47 PM

Philadelphia 76ers @sixers
Danny _______.
🍏📗💚🥬🌲 pic.twitter.com/zhciPtbQZM6:39 PM

Philadelphia 76ers @sixers
guess whose shoes…👀
👟 @SoleSavy6:29 PM

Philadelphia 76ers @sixers
model mentality. 📸 pic.twitter.com/CXwXdoz0ls6:19 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Gary Trent Jr. is out on the court warming up. Nick Nurse just said he and Thaddeus Young are gametime decisions. – 6:15 PM

Toronto Raptors @Raptors
Laser Focus 😡 pic.twitter.com/BQqmZTiHGQ6:08 PM

Justin Grasso @JGrasso_
Thad Young has been upgraded to questionable tonight. Nick Nurse mentioned that Gary Trent is questionable tonight as well. They’ll go through warmups before they decide on playing status #Raptors6:08 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
#Raptors coach Nick Nurse on needing to be more physical in Game 2 vs #Sixers: pic.twitter.com/nqA4RxXC8c6:07 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
#Raptors guard Gary Trent Jr (illness) and forward Thad Young (thumb) are now questionable for tonight’s game vs. the #Sixers. – 6:06 PM

Justin Grasso @JGrasso_
Nick Nurse says “he hopes that they have the guts to review” some of the plays he believes are fouls tonight. Mentioned that the #Raptors have to match the #Sixers’ physicality – 6:05 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Nick Nurse discussed his his comments towards the officials in Game 1. He was upset that the officials didn’t review some of the elbows Joel Embiid threw at his guys and he wants the officials to have “the guts” to review those if they happen again today #Sixers6:05 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
#Raptors coach Nick Nurse: ‘We’ve got to survive some of the physicality out there. … There were several (shots) to the head (in Game 1) that were not called. I hope they have the guts to stop the game and review (if that happens again).’ #Sixers6:05 PM

Austin Krell @NBAKrell
In discussing his adjustments for Game 2, Nick Nurse re-iterates his complaints about the officiating in Game 1. Says he hopes “they” have the guts to stop the game and review those things.
Adds that Trent Jr and Thad Young are GTDs. – 6:05 PM

Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
Nick Nurse once again pinpoints the hits Raptors players took to the face heading into Game 2.
“We’ve got to survive some of the physicality out there.” – 6:05 PM

Noah Levick @NoahLevick
Gary Trent Jr and Thaddeus Young will be game-time decisions, Nick Nurse says. – 6:05 PM

Aaron Rose @AaronBenRose
Gary Trent Jr. is still “questionable,” Nick Nurse says. “He’s still very sick.” A game-time decision. Trent was listed as doubtful – 6:04 PM

Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
Thad Young has been upgraded to questionable. Encouraging sign after he tested out the thumb in shootaround this morning. Trent remains doubtful. Should get official word on both soon. – 5:50 PM

Eric Koreen @ekoreen
If I had to guess, I’d bet that unless Trent is available, Raps go with FVV/OG/PS/Boucher/Achiuwa. That lineup was a +5 in 48 minutes this year. – 5:49 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
On the NBA’s latest injury report, Thaddeus Young has been upgraded to questionable with his sprained left thumb. Gary Trent remains doubtful, and Scottie Barnes is out. – 5:46 PM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
What’s Tyrese Maxey got in store after his Game 1 outburst?
(Also: Maxey working with Sam Cassell and Spencer Rivers here shouldn’t surprise you if you read this story on Maxey’s lonely work as a rook https://t.co/qptbbjLfOX) pic.twitter.com/QjoRnFpg6Q5:44 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Give Em To Me! I want your Game 2 predictions for the #Sixers vs. #torontoraptors #NBAPlayoffs Eastern Conference first-rounder. I want the winner, final score and points for Joel Embiid, James Harden, Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet #PhilaUnite #WeTheNorth – 5:21 PM

Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
Benefits of Thad Young trade so far:
– Moved Dragic
– Gained 18mpg contributor
– Advice for young guys
– Thad Young legs dunk vs Wolves
– Confirmation of Raps’ amazing scouting reports
Cost:
– Moving down 13 spots in draft – 5:06 PM

Eric Koreen @ekoreen
After the tiebreakers in draft order were done, the Raptors-Spurs trade goes down like this
To Raptors: Thaddeus Young, Drew Eubanks, 33rd pick
To Spurs: Goran Dragic, 20th pick – 4:56 PM

DeAndre Jordan @DeAndre
#35 @TobiOye… – 4:47 PM

DeAndre Jordan @DeAndre
15 – 4:47 PM

Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
The Raptors won a tiebreaker with Denver to determine draft order, so their first-round pick, which will go to San Antonio, would’ve been 20th overall. Instead, they get Detroit’s 2nd-rounder, 33rd-overall. Meaning, they traded down 13 spots to swap Dragic for Thad Young. – 4:46 PM

Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Through random drawings today, it was determined the Spurs will pick 20th (via Toronto) and 25th (from Boston) in the first round, the NBA announced. Those picks are in addition to their own lottery pick.
The lottery is May 17. – 4:44 PM

Krishna Narsu @knarsu3
Updated playoff probabilities for Sixers-Raptors. You can see how each teams’ probabilities have changed after all of the game 1s in our app in the Current Matchups tab ($) https://t.co/ATtpx9Qxfj pic.twitter.com/xmfXKukT4Q4:42 PM

Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
San Antonio, having received the Raptors’ 2022 first round pick in the Thad Young trade, will select 20th after Toronto won a tie-breaker with Denver (both finished 48-34).
Raptors will select 33rd. – 4:41 PM

Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
The #Bucks are scheduled to pick No. 24 in the first round the upcoming #NBADraft
Per the NBA: The Philadelphia 76ers won a tiebreaker with the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks. Second and third place in the tiebreaker drawings went to Milwaukee and Boston, respectively. – 4:41 PM

Toronto Raptors @Raptors
Park Life – Ep.1
1045 days later, we opened up the park. The action continues tonight, see you there! pic.twitter.com/HvSCqzlabq4:39 PM

Austin Krell @NBAKrell
Little draft pick news, per the NBA:
– Bulls won tiebreaker w/ Wolves.
– Raptors won tiebreaker w/ Nuggets.
– Sixers won tiebreaker w/ Celtics & Bucks. Second & third place in the tiebreaker drawings went to Milwaukee and Boston, respectively.
– Heat won tiebreaker w/ Warriors. – 4:38 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
The NBA broke draft pick ties today. The results are:
18. Bulls
19. Timberwolves
20. Spurs (via Raptors)
21. Nuggets
23. Nets (via 76ers, unless BKN defers)
24. Bucks
25. Spurs (via Celtics)
27. Heat
28. Warriors – 4:38 PM

Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
The NBA tiebreaker drawing results for draft spots:
#Bulls (46-36) over #Timberwolves
#Raptors (48-34) over #Nuggets
— #Sixers (51-31) over #Bucks and #Celtics, respectively
— #Heat (53-29) over #Warriors – 4:37 PM

Mike Vorkunov @MikeVorkunov
Here’s the 1st round NBA draft order. NBA announces:
— Bulls won the tiebreaker with Wolves
— Raptors won tiebreaker with Nuggets
— 76ers won tiebreaker with Celtics and Bucks. Bucks got 2nd place in that.
— Heat won the tiebreaker with the Warriors. pic.twitter.com/7JFlxUil1h4:37 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
The NBA announced that drawings were done to determine four tiebreakers for draft order purposes
1. Bulls (46-36) over T-Wolves
2. Raptors (48-34) over Nuggets
3. Sixers (51-31) over Celtics & Bucks
4. Heat (53-29) over Warriors pic.twitter.com/KYKvg7azLY4:36 PM

Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42
4 ties were broken today that will impact the 1st rd.
18. Chicago
19. Minnesota
20. San Antonio (via TOR)
21. Denver
23. Brooklyn (via PHI)
24. Milwaukee
25. San Antonio (via BOS)
27. Miami
28. GSW – 4:36 PM

Eric Pincus @EricPincus
NBA Draft tiebreakers – the Bulls won over the Wolves; Raptors over the Nuggets; Heat over the Warriors and the 3-team tie went: Philly -> Milwaukee -> Boston. Draft order is set ahead of the lottery…. – 4:36 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
#Sixers-#Raptors Game 2 tips off in about 3 1/2 hours. pic.twitter.com/XbaFxHUM7h4:15 PM

Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Presti called Kevin Durant a “basketball god,” James Harden a “basketball genius” and Russell Westbrook a “basketball warrior.”
Presti: “We’re not competing with our past.” – 4:00 PM

Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Sam Presti: “Skill is recognizing when you’ve been fortunate. I know we’ve been very fortunate.
The main thing is a Kevin Durant is a basketball god. James Harden is a basketball genius. Russell Westbrook is a basketball warrior.” – 4:00 PM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Sixers big man Charles Bassey was named to the All-NBA G League Second Team, NBA G League All-Defensive Team, and NBA G League All-Rookie Team today for his play with the Delaware Blue Coats.
Bassey is currently out with a shoulder sprain – 3:17 PM

JD Shaw @JShawNBA
2021-22 All-NBA G League Teams:
First Team: Mason Jones, Trevelin Queen, Justin Anderson, Moses Wright, Justin Tillman
Second Team: Cat Barber, Saben Lee, Braxton Kee, Reggie Perry, Charles Bassey
Third Team: Jared Harper, Carlik Jones, Justin Jackson, Anthony Lamb, Luka Garza – 3:09 PM

Eric Koreen @ekoreen
Reggie Perry of Raptors 905 was named All G League Second Team. – 3:06 PM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Niang on the importance of floor spacing against Toronto’s “junky” defense: “When you’re all bunched together, with their length and size, it makes us really easy to guard. But when you’re using every foot of the court, then they really have to fly around and make extra effort… – 2:11 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
#CalmBeforeTheStorm #Sixers #TorontoRaptors #Game2 #NBAPlayoffs2022 pic.twitter.com/vml4zOrLHL2:08 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
#NBA column: Down 1-0 and without rookie standout Scottie Barnes, what adjustments can #Raptors coach Nick Nurse make to help even the playoff series against Doc Rivers and the #Sixers? https://t.co/vRmewEJqg6 pic.twitter.com/zQG0GQGicd2:05 PM

Yaron Weitzman @YaronWeitzman
Everyone who knows Tyrese Maxey has a story that falls under the umbrella of, “Can you believe this kid?” I spoke to a bunch of people about Maxey and this was my favorite:
(Can read more here: https://t.co/ReimwZjabG) pic.twitter.com/Zj2ltyEAt72:00 PM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
The notes and quotes heading into Game 2 of Sixers-Raptors — Toronto’s pretty awful injury situation, the Sixers guarding against letdown, the battle to pressure the officials, and more @thephillyvoice: phillyvoice.com/sixers-vs-rapt…1:49 PM

Toronto Raptors @Raptors
See y’all tonight! Get in early for your chance to win exclusive prizes including Raptors playoff tickets 👀
Tailgate FAQ’s ➡️ https://t.co/we4yU54VLN pic.twitter.com/Y7ztpFdsEI1:31 PM