In Toronto, there are plenty of reasons to like Nick Nurse, the former Raptors coach now in his first year with the 76ers.
And Nurse did indeed get plenty of love from the fans when introduced at Scotiabank Arena. Then Nurse and the Sixers won the game, 114-107, on Saturday night.
It was just Philadelphia’s second game of the season, both on the road, and Nurse has the team looking good. (The Sixers lost their opener, barely, at Milwaukee.)
All of this despite the ongoing James Harden drama, which sure doesn’t appear as if it will end anytime soon. The Clippers have halted trade talks, Harden still wants to be traded — at last check, anyway — and the Sixers didn’t allow him on the team plane for the trip.
But Nurse has the men in uniform playing hard, playing smart and believing. That’s something the fans in Toronto can surely appreciate. After all, it was Nurse who was on the sidelines for the franchise’s lone championship back in 2019.