ICYMI: “The type of hit it was… Really fast, turnaround time, money!”
The Philadelphia 76ers are poised to sweep the Toronto Raptors after a Game 3 win (104-101) where Joel Embiid drained a three-way overtime turnover. Philly’s win takes the team one win before advancing to the next round of the 2022 NBA Playoffs.
Head coach Doc Rivers desperately called a time out with less than a second remaining on the shot clock. A flurry of screens saw Joel Embiid break free and receive an inbound pass from Danny Green before netting the game’s biggest shot.
Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris was all smiles as he recounted what was going through his mind in a post-game interview:
“I was so hyped. The type of shooting was…very fast, with turnarounds, money.
The game clock was showing 2.6 seconds when the game in occurred. There was just 0.8 seconds left when Joel Embiid emptied his high clutch shot and silenced the Scotiabank Arena crowd.
Doc Rivers’ time out before the tiebreak was essential. The Philadelphia 76ers had the ball and the game was on the line with 13.4 seconds left. Philly rolled out the iso ball and let Embiid play, similar to how they ended regulation.
That last-second timeout from Rivers could have been the 76ers’ biggest play this season before Joel Embiid made the winning bucket. Heading into tonight, “The Process” was 0-14 in decisive shots.
The Toronto Raptors do not have time to dwell on this crushing defeat. They had the 76ers on the ropes but couldn’t land the knockout blow.
Nick Nurse and the Toronto Raptors will have to cook up something to make it harder for Joel Embiid
Nick Nurse built the Toronto Raptors to be an ultra-versatile and changeable defensive unit. The problem with that is that they’re missing Scottie Barnes and dealing with a unique specimen who’s just a monster to defend against.
Joel Embiid has been unstoppable in all three games in this series. He’s averaging 27.7 points, 13 rebounds, and two assists while shooting 51 percent.
The Raptors are counting on the trio of Khem Birch, Chris Boucher and Precious Achiuwa to downplay the ultra-skilled big man.
No one stops the All-Star center at the post because of his height, weight, skill and mobility. As he showed with his game-winning shot, he could do it from beyond the arc too.
Nurse engineered a few defensive surprises into his career, so he could come up with something new to slow Embiid down and save the Raptors’ season.