The Raptors’ All-Star brazen dominated a 76ers’ Australian star in their 3 meetings this year.
The Raptors won all 3 absolutely while Simmons had 24 turnovers, including a career high 11 in a 129-112 detriment where Leonard had 31 points and no turnovers. The usually diversion a 76ers kick a Raptors this season, Leonard sat out.
Game one of a best-of-seven Eastern Conference semi-final array is in Toronto on Sunday (EST).
The 76ers’ manager Brett Brown pronounced Simmons would ensure Leonard, though not exclusively with mixed Philadelphia players thrown during a three-time All-Star and former NBA Finals MVP.
“So it would be wrong to assume that’s his match-up for a series,” Brown said.
“For certain he will be on him, though we consider we will have opposite possibilities that we wish to uncover Kawhi opposite looks.”
Brown talked down a stress of a 76ers’ 1-3 unchanging deteriorate record opposite a Raptors, indicating to a vital trades both teams executed given their final meeting.
The Sixers acquired Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott in a Feb trade.
The Raptors combined Marc Gasol, a three-time All-Star centre and former NBA Defensive Player of a Year.
“Gasol is an implausible merger for them,” Brown, observant a Raptors became a NBA’s best three-point sharpened group after a Gasol trade, said.
Simmons does have bragging rights over Leonard in one other category. The NBA has announced Simmons’ 76ers jersey was a ninth many renouned during a 2018-19 unchanging deteriorate according to sales on NBAStore.com. Leonard was not in a tip 15.
LeBron James’ Los Angeles Lakers jersey was No.1, followed by Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), Giannis Antetokounmpo, (Milwaukee Bucks), Kyrie Irving (Boston Celtics), Joel Embiid (76ers), James Harden (Houston Rockets), Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) and Kevin Durant (Warriors). Simmons sole some-more jerseys than teammate Jimmy Butler who came in 10th and timid good Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat), Paul George (Thunder) and Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers).
The Lakers also sole some-more sell than any other group followed by a Warriors, Celtics and 76ers.