Trolling, sad Embiid and that curse: How Drake watched the National Basketball Association play-offs

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They will open the conference finals Wednesday night at Milwaukee. They had two opportunities to take a three-point lead on mid-range jumpers from Iverson and Eric Snow but the Raptors corralled the rebound and took a timeout to set up a game-winning play.

After the Game 7 loss in Toronto, Butler said he hadn't yet thought much about his free agency. Leonard broke a tie with a long two-pointer, then Lowry stole the ball off Tobias Harris and Siakam finished with a layup that had the ear-splitting crowd roaring their approval and put Toronto up by four heading into the final minute. As a result, the 76ers have a 7-6 edge in head to head playoff victories.

Back in 2001, the Sixers faced the Raptors in the second round and in a Game 7, Vince Carter missed a buzzer-beater that would've sent Toronto to the Eastern Conference finals to face the Milwaukee Bucks.

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Gasol has been a matchup problem for the 25-year-old superstar throughout his short career thus far, limiting Embiid to just 39 points on 12-of-37 shooting along with 16 turnovers and 17 fouls in 121 regular-season minutes.

He also offered a response to anyone who may feel Brown, despite leading the Sixers to consecutive 50-plus win seasons and agonizingly close to their first Eastern Conference Finals in 18 years, doesn't deserve to hold his role. Joel Embiid leads the team with 20.1 points, 10.4 rebounds plus 2.2 blocks per game in the postseason.

Ben Simmons ranks second on the 76ers with 8.8 rebounds and averages 16.9 points.

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"For any National Basketball Association team", Redick said, "when you think about a coach and potentially replacing that coach, you have to consider what coaches are available". It was a game they had to have. Leonard had Toronto's only assist of the first.

The Raptors now are 10 in the league during the postseason by averaging 104.6 points per game. Simmons - who averaged almost 17 PPG during the regular season - has scored more than 10 points just twice in the six games against Toronto. The Raptors are 2-1 at home in the series. Raptors coach Nick Nurse earned plaudits when he employed the seldom-used pairing of big men Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka to counter Philadelphia's size, resulting in better rebounding and rim protection.

"I think the group incrementally, as I said in the beginning before we played, has slowly come together", Brown said. We'll see. If Philadelphia fires Brown and hires someone who helps the team win, I bet Embiid would quickly get over it.

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