Joel Embiid Blames Illness For Poor Performance Against The Raptors


Raptors list Pascal Siakam as doubtful for Game 4 with right calf contusion.

Toronto, however, competed with expected, requisite urgency, and managed to eek out a 101-96 victory at The Center. But the supporting cast finally stepped up, Kawhi Leonard was superb, as usual, and the Raptors were able to even the series as things shift back to Toronto.

Butler was up to the task, but then so too was Leonard who played a playoff-high 43 minutes, finishing with 39 points, 14 rebounds and five assists.

"There were a lot of naked threes out there we didn't make", Nurse said. "It was a different mentality".

And now the Raptors head back to Toronto for Tuesday's Game 5 of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference series all tied up at two wins apiece.

Siakam was still feeling soreness in his pre-game warmup but decided he was good enough to go.

After hemorrhaging 116 points in 95 possessions to Philadelphia in Game 3, the Raptors restored their sturdy defense in Game 4, limiting the Sixers to an effective field goal percentage of only 47.6.

"To his credit, he willed his way through it", Brown said.

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Butler banked in a 3-pointer from the top of the circle as the shot clock expired after briefly losing the ball to give the Sixers an 84-81 lead in the fourth. Yet Leonard is at once of the Raptors and apart from them, a perception only enhanced by the reality that, because he will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, he might not return to the team once this postseason ends. But they showed up in meaningful ways and helped Toronto get the win, which matters for their present and future.

"I came off a pick-and-roll".

"I want Ben to be aggressive just like I want Jo (Embiid) to be aggressive", said Butler.

If the Sixers are to advance to the Conference Finals for the first time since 2001, they will need to win at least one game in Toronto.

The Raptors guard clearly was tweaked by something man said as he turned to him and said something back. But the Raptors missed a shot on the opposite end and Embiid answered with an emphatic dunk.

Lowry cranked up his intensity about five-fold, blowing past Simmons and feeding Ibaka for a first-quarter dunk. Embiid blocked Ibaka again 35 seconds later and Butler hit an 11-footer.

Butler hit a hard 3-pointer from the wing and the Sixers pulled ahead 57-52 with 7:48 left in the third. Redick stood out in both of the Sixers' home games so far in this series, combining for 34 points on 7 for 13 shooting from 3-point territory. "The close games we're in, the games we won, we held them under 100 points, and that's what we've gotta do". Sixers Hall of Famer "Dr. J" Julius Erving sat in a suite.

Raptors: Only lost three straight games once during the regular season after a 12-1 start.