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The Philadelphia 76ers have not been able to close the sack against the Toronto Raptors for the second time. Instead, the Sixers have to compete again in Canada. Joel Empbiid annoys this and the center does not save with criticism of James Harden and coach Doc Rivers.

The center, which plays in the thumb with a ligament injury, scored 5 20 points against the Raptors in game and 11 rebounds and was therefore the best scorer of the Sixers in the 88:10 defeat. Co-star James Harden (15 points, 4/11 FG, 7 assists), on the other hand, remained pale again, which annoyed Embiid.

“I’ve been saying it since he has been here. He has to play aggressively and just be himself,” said the MVP candidate. “This is not my job, the coach probably has to do it and talk to him. He has to tell him that James should take more throws, especially if they defend me as they do in this series.”

Epfiid meant the numerous double teams that Toronto uses against the center. Shortly thereafter, the Camerooner partially revised his criticism and appealed to all of his teammates to show more courage: “We all have to play better. We have given a lot of open throws and I think we have given them an invitation. We did not enough attacked. “

The Sixers scored only 36 points in the zone, Toronto came to 56. In addition, the hosts only sank 27 percent of their three (10/37) and only met 38 percent of the throws. “We only fitted the ball on the perimeter and gave them the opportunity to sort back again. So we have not gained any advantages,” Embiid annoyed.

Joel Embbiid is also self -critical

The Big you did not agree with his idea, especially defensive. “I was terrible and there is no explanation for that,” said the 28-year-old self-critically. “I have to play with more use and move my feet better.”

The Sixers must therefore continue to wait for the series profit, even though they won the first three games in the series. The second defeat in a row resulted in loud scoop of Sixers fans. For Coach Doc Rivers, this was the seventh defeat from the past eight games in an elimination game.

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However, the Sixers still have a 3-2 lead, but no NBA team has played a 3-0 lead in history. The fact that a team shortened after 0-3 to 2-3 was last in the 2015 playoffs when the Milwaukee Bucks around the young Giannis Antetokounmpo made the series with the Chicago Bulls exciting again, but then fully got under the bikes in Game 6 ( 66: 120).

Sixers vs. Raptors: The series at a glance

Game Date Time Home Away result
1 17. April 0 o’clock Philadelphia 76ers Toronto Raptors 131: 111
2 19. April 1.30 Philadelphia 76ers Toronto Raptors 112: 97
3 21. April 2 o’clock Toronto Raptors Philadelphia 76ers 101: 104 OT
4 23. April 20 o’clock Toronto Raptors Philadelphia 76ers 110: 102
5 29. April 1 o’clock Philadelphia 76ers Toronto Raptors 88: 103
6 30. April TBD Toronto Raptors Philadelphia 76ers
7 * 1. May TBD Boston Celtics Toronto Raptors

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