76ers, Butler look to maintain home-court against Raptors

Posted May 04, 2019

Following an uplifting win in Game 2 of their second-round matchup with the Toronto Raptors, the Philadelphia 76ers headed home with the chance to get a leg up in the series. In just 28 minutes of action, the All-Star registered 33 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots on the evening.

After struggling in the first two games of the series, Joel Embiid came alive for the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 3. Asked if he saw a reluctance from some of his players to fire from deep once the first few missed - the Raptors clanked their first six threes in Game 2 - Nurse said he didn't think so. It's simple enough to know that when you have some good basketball players out there, the game happens, you make the right plays, you do what you're supposed to do with the basketball.

Yes, Kawhi Leonard is the best player in this series.

Jimmy Butler's big game helped Philadelphia snap a lengthy losing streak in Toronto and, more importantly, brought the 76ers level in their Eastern Conference semifinal series. If the Raptors don't find theirs in Game 4 Sunday Toronto will find itself in a hole it may not be able to climb out of.

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"We had to go out and blitz him". "I mean, if we don't do that, the prettiest things we chose to do offensively aren't going to matter much".

Kawhi Leonard scored 35 points, Siakam had 21 and Lowry 20. The rapid evolution of this series really surfaced on the other end of the floor, where Philly scored 110 points on 85 possessions (1.29 per) before extended garbage time on Thursday.

'When I have fun, my game just changes, ' Embiid said. "I have no complaints right now", Leonard said.

They'll likely consider that the lesser of two evils, but it will be interesting to see how Simmons and the 76ers respond if some of those same shots start to fall in Games 3 and 4. He's pushing it up the floor, he's punching the gaps with force, he's determined to get to spaces.

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Toronto Raptors vs Philadelphia Dream11 Prediction: Dream11 Fantasy Tips for TOR vs PHI as TSR helps you make the best Dream11 team. "If we don't do that, the prettiest things we decide to do offensively won't matter". After guarding Siakam in Game 2, he was back on Marc Gasol this time, drawing the Spanish Raptor into an early foul.

The Raptors shot 51.9 per cent on the night, and held Philadelphia to 39 per cent.

Leonard and Siakam had 17 points apiece on 78 per cent shooting in the first and a pair of Leonard free throws late in the quarter gave Toronto a 14-point lead. For all the talk coming into the game on how Nurse wanted Gasol to be the third option, he still finished with only six attempts. Shooting 25 per cent on wide-open shots from beyond the arc for three quarters is how you end up scoring 89 points in a game. Embiid buried a 3 and followed with a sweet spin move on Gasol the next time down that got the Sixers rolling.

The 76ers took an 11-point lead into the third quarter and never looked back. 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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Butler would convert a five-point play - he was fouled on a three-pointer and Danny Green was whistled for a technical - later in the quarter.