It was one of two huge clashes of the night in the East, of those who decide the outcome of a regular season, of those who can lay the groundwork in a race for the MVP trophy, and of those which give clues to the man most likely to seize… the presidency of Cameroon. Last night the Raptors sent a message to the Sixers and the entire Eastern Conference, last night Pascal Siakam confirmed that he was unplayable in 2022.
The house stats of the revving up of the Dinos is right here
What a game ! What a match, and the drooling is very present this morning when we think that these two teams could perhaps meet in the first round of the Playoffs in a week. Indeed, with this victory the Raptors settle almost definitively in fifth place in the Eastern Conference, while opposite the Sixers find themselves fourth and will have to ensure against the Pistons and the Pacers (it should be ok) but also hope for a or several missteps by the Bucks and/or the Celtics to grab the podium on Monday morning and thus avoid a bad series against the Dinos in the first round. Why suck? Because last night Nick Nurse’s squad proved once again – and how! – that to take four games from them in April you will have to get up early, because last night Pascal Siakam confirmed his immense form at the moment.
The game ? A candy, started with a ring handover 1,030 days later to Danny Green and an orgy of shots from the parking lot scored by the Sixers. Tobias Harris, Tyrese Maxey and Danny Green precisely, who will end his evening with an old-school 6/7 from downtown, all pounding long distance and quickly lead Philly 15-2 and even 17-2 thanks to the Harden / Embiid connection, because life is easier when you get all your shots in. The following 7 points will be scored by Pascal Siakam, initiator of the revolt in the company of Precious Achiuwa, aka the new Steph Curry from the 6. Pleasant match if any, as expected Joel Embiid caused carnage but on closer inspection… the Process suffered, because the defense of the Dinos, led by Chris Boucher, decided to offer nothing to the pivot of the Sixers. Despite everything Philly is in the lead at half-time in a match in which the defenses play the game but in which the talent of each allows an offensive meeting. Intensity, defense, address, talent, welcome to the Playoffs or almost.
The second half? It will be that of King Pascalou. All teeth out the MIP 2019 then takes things in hand and its verve will be the barometer of the form of its team. Spoiler, Pascal was very lively. Absolutely everywhere, in defense as in attack and the distribution of pizzas at stand B4, PS plays the MVP against a Cameroonian who would like to be one, Gary Trent Jr. chained the bombs from afar, Precious Achiuwa turns into a mix between Kenneth Faried and Scottie Pippen, and at the very start of the fourth quarter it was Scottie Barnes’ turn to drive home the point with his team’s first 1,000 points. Gap climbing, Raptors claws out, Scotiabank is partying and James Harden is on siesta, James Harden is in his Ford Fiesta. The last quarter will see the duo Joel Embiid / Tyrese Maxey allow the 76ers to still believe in it but a huge shot from GTJ and an Olajuwonesque feint from Pascalou on Jojo will confirm the final result, in substance as in form.
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— TrashTalk (@TrashTalk_fr) April 8, 2022
The end of the game will only be an opportunity for Spicy-P to spice up his stats sheet a little more, which he will ultimately complete with 37 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists, a phenomenal performance and in perfect timing since it probably results in a lot of guys filling their diapers for the Playoffs. We are warming up in Canada, clearly.