Philadelphia 76ers force Game 7 against Toronto Raptors

Florence Fletcher
May 11, 2019

And then the Raptors did exactly that on Sunday evening, stifling Embiid while Kawhi Leonard did all of his unfathomable things, including the three-point killshot over the outstretched arm of the Philadelphia centre.

"I knew I had to come in with high spirits", Embiid said.

Acknowledging the pressure his team faced Thursday, Sixers coach Brett Brown, who has heard his owner's expectation to advance further than the second round loud and clear, said the collective mindset was apparent.

Jimmy Butler lived up to his Jimmy Buckets nickname.

Do not expect many Get Well Soon cards in Scotiabank Arena on Tuesday. It doesn't matter if it takes the whole game, and I'm fine with it.

"You know, can't control my physical condition, but I can also control how much I push myself and I try to do that", Embiid said.

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Along with Embiid, Ben Simmons will need to play similar to how he did in the crucial Game 6, scoring 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting with eight rebounds and six assists. You've got to keep the other guys involved in the game.

"I think it's grossly unfair some of the criticism that he gets", he added.

Here's what he and Shaquille O'Neal said about Embiid on last night's "Inside the NBA".

"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".

"His no-turnovers, his attack mode, his four offensive rebounds". The 25-year-old from Cameroon is a giant man who would not be out of place as a body double for the man-mountain Ser Gregor Clegane on "Game of Thrones". "He was trying to do whatever he could to represent his organization and play basketball for the Philadelphia 76ers".

Butler, disgruntled in Minnesota before he was traded to Philadelphia in November, scored 19 points in the half and all of them seemed worthy of the highlight reel. He stretches out his long arms and motions for the home crowd to get up and cheer, and the place turns into a roaring cauldron and you imagine for a moment that it would be close to impossible for a visiting team to win there. "Tonight I made a couple of mistakes that I've got to fix".

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