Drake, Toronto Raptors fans troll Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid

Florence Fletcher
May 11, 2019

On Tuesday night, the Toronto Raptors hosted the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

A general view of the stadium during the game between the Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center on October 27, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

"Oh no he didn't", proclaims Shaquille O'Neal while watching one of Leonard's impressive throwdowns on Tuesday, while he and Charles Barkley can finally agree on one thing: the Sixers needed a whole lot more from Joel Embiid. He gets shaken around to me too much.

If he can't, he'll have all the time he needs to rest.

In a series of momentum swings, the Toronto Raptors have all the weight in their corner heading into Thursday's Game 6 against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Jimmy Butler scored 22 points and added seven assists for the 76ers.

The All-Star big man is averaging 18 points on just 36 percent shooting in 31.3 minutes per game during the second-round playoff series.

The 76ers used to be able to wait out Embiid's woes.

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Butler, however, isn't anxious about Embiid's production and he doesn't think fans should question the center, either.

"The spirit, I thought, went away a little bit quicker than I'd wished", Brown said.

"It sucks", Embiid said.

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"It's not ideal. You wish he were at shootaround, you wish he were in film sessions but he's had a temperature for the last few days that's kept him in bed".

Embiid isn't giving up yet.

Raptors fans, along with Drake, mimicked Embiid's airplane celebration as he walked off the court.

"I didn't notice. I just saw them shake their bodies".

Ahead 92-70 at the start of the fourth, Toronto extended its lead to a game-high 40 points on a dunk by Normal Powell with 2:24 remaining.

Game 5 was the first time that these teams played over the total in the series, narrowly eclipsing the 212.5-point total that was on the board by tip-off. The Cleveland Cavaliers fell into a 3-2 hole against the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals and came back to win the series. He also battled illness in Games 2 and 4.

KEEP AN EYE ON: Embiid's face. "I didn't pay attention about what the hell they were doing".

PRESSURE IS ON: Simmons. Game 6 is Thursday in Philadelphia.

"Those are the things we need to do as a team to continue to get better".

INJURY WATCH: Jamal Murray has been hampered by a sore shoulder and an aching right thigh. However, they caught fire and it paid off in Game 5. "You can see he doesn't have emotions". We've still got another level that I think we can play at offensively and defensively.

"We've just got to keep playing and whoever is hot that night ... we have to step up, we have to play better and the whole team knows that". He's had more than five assists just once.

PRESSURE IS ON: Blazers guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, who were a combined minus-47 in Game 5. "We're excited to get back and get ready to play again".

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