76ers, Raptors meet with series tied 1-1

May 04, 2019, 01:24
76ers, Raptors meet with series tied 1-1

Kyle Lowry said that the Toronto Raptors needed to give more help to Kawhi Leonard following their 116-95 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers in game 3.

On the Raptors side, Kawhi Leonard continued his phenomenal play in these playoffs, going 13-of-22 from the field on his way to 33 points.

It's a very good sign for 76ers bettors when Joel Embiid contributes just 12 points and six rebounds and you can still come away with a road win in the playoffs.

"We didn't play well tonight", Lowry said. Embiid made both free throws as fans - including some of Philadelphia's biggest sports stars - serenaded him with chants of "MVP!"

The Raptors had dispatched Orlando in five games while the Sixers won their opening-round series against Brooklyn 4-1.

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The Raptors won three of their four games against the Sixers in the regular-season, but both teams say the results are largely irrelevant - both Toronto and Philly look vastly different from the last time they met on February 5, the day before the National Basketball Association trade deadline.

Philly now leads the series 2-1, with Game 4 set for Sunday afternoon. The Sixers led 32-29 to start the second.

Philadelphia and Toronto are tied at 1-1 in their best of 7 series, with the victor to progress to the Eastern Conference Finals. We have to help him. We take a look with our player grades. Through four games against the Nets and two against the Raptors, he had made only 21.1 percent of his 3-point attempts. "I know what I am doing", Joel Embiid said earlier in the postseason. 'I'm always told if I don't smile during the game it means I'm having a bad game or I'm not into it. Still, they're one game away from tieing this thing up. "The plan was to find different ways to get him going". This was coming at some point in these playoffs, and there was going to be an answer necessary to avoid the Raptors simply losing the game where it did happen, and the result was all too straightforward in this game.

The Raptors shot 51.9 per cent on the night, and held Philadelphia to 39 per cent. And when Ibaka blocked a Tobias Harris jumper with 6:18 to play, the Raptors centre waved a hand in the air gesturing for the Scotiabank Arena crowd to cheer.

Meanwhile, the Nuggets picked up a 121-113 home win over the Trail Blazers in Game 1 of their Western Conference second-round clash. "If we don't do that, the prettiest things we decide to do offensively won't matter".

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Not that the windmill dunk - preceded by a catch at the 3-point line and a hard drive down the lane - that sent the Philadelphia crowd into a tizzy when it put the Sixers up 110-84 halfway through the fourth quarter didn't deserve to be mentioned. The play gave the Sixers a 26-point lead, their biggest of the game.

I picked Toronto to win the series, but I'd be lying if I said I was still confident in that. Embiid buried a three and followed with a sweet spin move on Gasol the next time down that got the Sixers rolling.

A Sixers' 11-0 run would do in the Raptors at that point.

Jimmy Butler couldn't have spoken much more highly of Scott Thursday night. Ben Simmons and Lowry got tangled up under the net and as Lowry turned to head upcourt he took an elbow to the groin from the Sixers guard, which went unnoticed by officials but was obvious on TV replays.

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