Embiid returns to form for 76ers in 'do-or-die' win

Arnold Nichols
Мая 11, 2019

The teams are locked 2-2 in the NBA Eastern Conference semi-final series with Simmons and 76ers centre Joel Embiid bearing the brunt of blame from fans and U.S. media after substandard play in Sunday's game-four loss at home. "Right now, this is what I have to do in order to give us a great chance at winning". Toronto won one convincingly, Philadelphia did the same, and interspersed were two games with a wild amount of missed open shots that could have gone either way. The Milwaukee Bucks await the victor. But there's no reason Simmons should be averaging just 9.4 points in the series, and probably no way the 76ers can win it unless he improves.

Between the Sixers' strong duo, Tobias Harris, and Jimmy Butler, who's always ready to step up in a big game, I think Philadelphia gets the job done and pulls off the upset against the Raptors.

"It was wonderful focus. Everybody was locked in", Simmons told ESPN after Game 6. "We knew what was at stake".

So if Embiid picks up a flagrant 1 in Game 7 Sunday in Toronto, and the Sixers were to win, he would have to sit out Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals in Milwaukee Wednesday.

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

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Embiid had a burst of energy late in the third when he blocked a driving Leonard, and Simmons capitalized with a basket for an 18-point cushion.

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.

Butler about did it all, and showed in the first half why the free agent will command a max contract - $188 million over five years - in the offseason. What they would say to my team at this point in time. "Sometimes I shoot it when I'm not open". "The mood in the locker room, you could sense the serious side".

The seven-footer got some of his own medicine Tuesday night as the series returned to Toronto for Game 5 and the Raptors thumped Philadelphia 125-89 to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.

The victor of Sunday's game will face the victor of the series between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets.

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