Published: Mon, May 13, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Bold Predictions for 76ers-Raptors Game 7

Bold Predictions for 76ers-Raptors Game 7

It was a high bounce, straight up, and it reversed the spin of the ball. Brett Brown tried to use Greg Monroe in the first half.

"It was like a movie moment", added Fred VanVleet. "It looked like it was a little to the left".

"I felt like we had a chance", he said. But they were all frozen, unable to do anything but watch. In Philly's three losses, Embiid has failed to get double-digit rebounds and didn't get to the free-throw line.

The third bounce hit the inside of the far side of the rim and up. That's something I've never experienced before, Game 7, game-winning shot. Marc Gasol couldn't help but console the 25-year old center that he held to just 37 percent shooting in the series. Embiid took just one shot attempt in the final four minutes and made just one bucket in the final seven minutes.

The Raptors have been fond of saying that every postseason game tells a different story, but one common thread throughout Toronto's playoff run has been its willingness to pass up open shots along the perimeter.

Kawhi Leonard discussed his emotional reaction following his series-winning shot in game 7 against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Because the Sixers didn't emerge victorious, though, they now face an off-season of looming questions, none bigger than the fate of potential-unrestricted-free-agent Jimmy Butler, whom they traded a fair bit for to bring in for this season to begin with.

First and foremost is how the two team's star players perform, and perhaps even more importantly, what kind of support they get from those around them.

Now the model has dialed in on Sixers vs. Raptors.

Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors celebrates with teammates after sinking a buzzer beater to win Game Seven of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers at Scotiabank Arena on May 12, 2019 in Toronto, Canada.

The Sixers and Raptors meet in the deciding Game 7 on Sunday in Toronto.

NEED TO KNOW: Both teams have a five-point road win already in this series, and the other four games have all been double-digit victories by the home club.

Both coaches talked pre-game about the magnitude of a Game 7. Game 7's are a rare occasion when that mettle is truly tested. He checked back in midway through the period.

"I don't know. To me, I remember being a younger player with Memphis and facing Game 7's - and it didn't really matter", said Gasol, the Raptors centre who's played 70 National Basketball Association playoff games.

While Leonard loves to downplay personal accomplishments and remains focused on team-oriented goals, Game 7 is going to be about Leonard and if he can deliver another stunning performance. There was a tough transition layup over Embiid to put them ahead. It's something I can look back on in my career.

Redick tied it at 85 with a three-point play with 3:29 left. Such a formula was unthinkable in Toronto last season, but the Raptors now have perhaps the league's best player, ready to go toe-to-toe with any star in the league.

"Remembering that moment, I knew I had some time to try to get some space, rather than just catch and shoot the ball", Leonard said.

"He's a phenomenal shooter", Nurse said. "We were pressuring the ball". There was a stretch there where he was maybe the second most confident guy out there behind Kawhi. "Have we won a game rebounding?"

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