Four days ago we weren’t giving a lot of skin to these Raptors. Authors of a remarkable end to the season but outplay on all sides by the Sixers, no man died either we said to ourselves because opposite it remains very solid. Hmm. Two games later the tone is no longer the same and the pressure is on the broad shoulders of Joel Embiid, before a boiling Game 6 Thursday evening. The Playoffs what, what delirium.
The house stats of this act II of the reassembly are right here!
A Scottie Barnes named Rookie Of the Year but who has to stay on the sidelines for two games, a Fred VanVleet injured and absent since Game 4, a Pascal Siakam less prominent during this same Game 3… and opposite it is going, thanks in particular to a logically unplayable Joel Embiid and author of a memorable shot to offer the 3-0 to his team. At this moment the conclusion was clear: this series is over even before Game 4 because there are two divisions between the two franchises.
Triple-jump à la Teddy Tamgho, and three days later the Sixers start to fill in their layer.
Meanwhile ? Pascal Siakam laid a masterclass at Game 4 and, everyone is happy, Toronto saved the honor before leaving to take a little gentleman sweep of families. Joel Embiid has announced that he is playing with a broken thumb but that does not prevent him from fracturing the souls of his defenders in this series, in short, we expected to see Philly finish the job tonight, and in front of his audience it’s always more fun. Except that nothing is going to go as planned, except that these Raptors have this little extra soul, except that they have this little flame. The Dinos bang on barrels, bang on pianos, and they especially hit the attack of the Sixers from the start of the game, as they have done since the start of the series, except that this night of reaction there will be… never from the players of Doc Rivers. We are like that, we go directly from the in-between to the buzzer, because we decided to tell you about this match in just a few lines, because the main thing this morning is perhaps not the content but the consequences of this Sixers disasterclass.
Yes, the word is cleverly chosen: last night the Sixers shit in the glue and therefore put themselves in difficulty before moving to Canada on Thursday for a Game 6 which promises to be incredible in terms of intensity and atmosphere at the Scotiabank Arena. Joel Embiid did what he could but actually seems bothered by his thumb and we will probably talk about it a lot and very soon, Tobias Harris has done the job again but the Maxey / Harden duo much less, or only in sequences. In front ? A new big game from Pascal Siakam, two nights away from becoming the best Cameroonian in this series, a Gary Trent Jr. to whom we must not leave a millimeter, an OG Anunoby who is starting to become a hell of a clutcha… Khem Birch who shows the way, failing to show that there is the Hall Of Fame on his GPS and, little surprise from the chef, a Precious Achiuwa who is starting to become more and more logically named.
On arrival the Raptors won 103-88 after 48 minutes of intense defense and perfect management of heritage, while opposite Doc Rivers and the Sixers began to smell the possible smell of a new choke. Has a team ever led 3-0 before being eliminated? NEVER. Do the Sixers and Doc Rivières have the flow to make history? MORE THAN EVER. See you on Thursday evening, it is already very very hot.