Joel Embiid Defended By Caron Butler After Crying On Live TV

Florence Fletcher
May 14, 2019

If Kawhi Leonard's already legendary buzzer-beater takes a different bounce on any of its collisions with the rim, the 76ers could be in the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in 18 years. This time around, the Raps got their revenge with a 92-90 win in Game 7 over the 76ers.

The foes played tug-of-war for the lead in the closing quarter - Embiid playing huge, Jimmy Butler hitting the game-tying bucket in the dying seconds on his 16-point night. The third-seeded Philadelphia 76ers are on the road as they face the second-seeded Toronto Raptors Sunday night with the victor advancing to face the Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals.

After being bounced from the Eastern Conference semifinals for the second straight year - Sunday's Game 7 ousting marking the most painful way possible - Embiid quickly endorsed bringing impending free agents Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris back to Philadelphia. They will open the conference finals Wednesday night (Thursday NZ time) at Milwaukee.

The lasting memory of the series will be Kawhi Leonard's game-winning shot that hit the rim not once, not twice, not three times, but FOUR times before falling through the basket and crushing the Sixers dreams.

Fortunately for the Raptors, Kyle Lowry responded with a series of hustle plays that saved their season. "I just got done losing". I take it all, you can put this loss on me, you can put it all on me.

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In an effort to prepare his team for a momentous seventh game, Brown asked Amir Johnson, a former Raptor, and JJ Reddick to speak to the younger Philadelphia players on Saturday about their experiences going deep into playoff series.

Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown didn't have much trouble sleeping the night before his team's biggest game of the season.

Philadelphia 76ers (51-31, third in the Eastern Conference during the regular season) vs.

The possibility exists that Butler has played his last game alongside Embiid and Simmons (and that's kind of how it sounded as he went out of his way to pile up the compliments) as he is set for unrestricted free agency this summer.

"We did a lot of things that we could have done better but we found a way to win the game", Lowry said. Still, while the Sixers made just two of their first 14 attempts, the Raptors only made three of their first 13. Toronto went 0 for 8 from 3-point range in the first quarter. Pascal Siakam had 11 points and 11 rebounds in the game. The 76ers made 17 turnovers leading to 21 points for the Raptors. "He's a great player". Nikola Jokic had a triple-double — 21 points, 15 rebounds, 10 assists — in that game for the Nuggets, and coach Michael Malone is fond of saying his team has the best home-court advantage in the National Basketball Association.

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