The Raptors were in position to advance to the Eastern Conference final, for only the second time in their history, and couldn't beat the 76ers at Wells Fargo Center on Thursday night, not only couldn't they beat them, couldn't really come close.
Here are four things to watch in what should be a hard-fought game between the Raptors and 76ers.
After scoring just three points in the first half, Embiid took off in the third quarter.
IN cut a 16-point deficit to three with less than three minutes left, but the Raptors wouldn't let it slip away. How much money, and how many years, are they willing to commit to Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris? Carter finished with 20 points on 6-of-18 shooting.
Butler finished with 25 points, six rebounds, eight assists, and two steals - setting the right example for the rest of the starters, who all finished in double figures.
Raptors: Meanwhile, Toronto has ridden the coattails of Kawhi Leonard throughout this series. If he is an eager shooting it does too things: Make the offence far more risky by spreading the floor and giving everyone more space and also it should open up cuts to the rim by other Raptors. The under is 9-3 in Raptors last 12 overall. "Just an emotional time, just being able to sit there and relax, and kind of breathe". "They were getting them off the rebound and pushing it out on us". They got the moment, and I think he got it as much as anybody and led us.
The Maple Leafs lost Game 6 and then Game 7 against the Boston Bruins. While it's true that Portland's offense sputtered in Game 5, the more important point of adjustment for them entering the elimination game would be on their defensive schemes. The Raptors are 2-1 at home in the series.More news: Atishi Marlena, Delhis election candidate breaks down over vicious pamphlet
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Siakam is still averaging 20.8 points per game, but he hasn't been almost as effective since Game 1. "What he did today was lots of the reasons he was an NBA All-Star at age 22, as an NBA point guard with the ball". "They're a life lesson opportunity, and he sure allowed us to better achieve that".
That's had a tremendous impact on the Raptors offensively. With both of them on the floor, that number falls to 94.9. "We notice when he's out there and when he's not". Joel Embiid is not typically one of those players as he is one of the most productive big men in basketball.
Siakam's comment underscored a reality revealed in Game 6 that will inform Sunday's Game 7: Structure favors Toronto in this matchup.
Added Lowry: "They're going to come out swinging and playing hard but we have to play more desperate than them".
Prior to that game, their series-high was 63, set back in Game 1.
Philadelphia's lead swelled to 38-21 early in the second quarter following consecutive 3-pointers from Embiid and Scott. Everyone else had 24 points on 8-for-27 shooting from the field.
"The way he started, even the way he ended the first half, he just stamped his authority and his skill package and his will - pick whatever words you want - he was all over that game", Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said of Butler.