Thursday night was electric at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers took a 2-1 series lead in front of a sold out crowd and seemingly gained full control heading into Game 4. Philadelphia led for the entirety of the game and shut down the Raptors defensively outside of Kawhi Leonard. Once the 4th quarter came around, Philadelphia barreled out ahead and never looked back.
Thanks to Scott Nichols of Rize Management, I had the opportunity to talk to James about his experience in Philadelphia and the ongoing playoffs. James Ennis was acquired at the trade deadline by GM Elton Brand for swap rights to 2021 2nd round draft picks. The 6’7ft wing from Long Beach State has been a crucial player off of the bench for the 76ers. Ennis has tallied over 20pts and 10rebs combined in the last 2 Playoff matchups against Toronto.
So what do you think about when Kyle Lowry, when he hip checked you into Desean Jackson, did you feel that it was intentional?
James: “Yeah I think it was intentional, but you know you got to move on from that. He was probably just trying to get a reaction out of me, you know what I’m saying because they were upset we had the lead but I’m just glad we got the win.”
What are you feeling now going into game 4?
James: “We feel the upper hand, they are going to be fighting, but there’s a lot of high hopes, so we are going to come with the same mentality and being physical on defense.”
Brett Brown and Ben Simmons have both called you a team mentor and role model, can you describe that to me a bit?
James: “I’ve been in the league for a little bit, on different teams with great players, so whatever knowledge I can share with the young guys like Ben and the rookies, I’m gonna share it. We all help each other on and off the court and that is what builds a good team.”
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