With Philadelphia eliminating Brooklyn in five games, the team had three days to rest in between series, but ahead of Game 1, Embiid told reporters at shootaround that his knee issues still linger despite the Sixers' off time: "It's still not there".
Leonard drew chants of "M-V-P!" both after a lovely spin move around Jimmy Butler early in the night and when he surpassed his previous best playoff points - set in 2017 versus Memphis - with a pair of free throws down the stretch. They were the only two Raptors in double-figures. Meanwhile, shooting specialist Furkan Korkmaz provided absolutely nothing, and the Sixers were so reluctant to play human bed bug T.J. McConnell that Butler played backup point guard to spell Simmons. The center struggled in Game 1, and the knee injury was bad enough that he had to sit out Game 3.
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Tobias Harris of the 76ers is in line for a big contract come July. As a team, the 76ers shot a mere 39.3% from the field while the Raptors shot 51.9%.
A star-studded crowd turned out for the series opener, included rapper Drake, singer Shawn Mendes, "The Handmaid's Tale" star Elisabeth Moss, Canadian players Cory Joseph and R.J. Barrett, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr., a day after he made his major league debut with the Blue Jays. Kevin Durant, James Harden, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Stephen Curry have a case, but none of them have produced a performance as dominant as Leonard's 45 points against the Sixers.
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Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors handles the ball against the Philadelphia 76ers during Game One of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals of the 2019 NBA Playoffs on April 27, 2019 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Raptors acquired Gasol at the deadline while Philly traded for Harris as part of a six-player deal.
Despite the fact that Embiid visibly wasn't 100% physically, he finished the opening round with averages of 24.8 points, 13.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.8 blocks while playing just 24.3 minutes per game.
Toronto only trailed the Sixers at the beginning of the first quarter. Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet did a great job of fighting through screens and staying attached to Redick in the first half, but Redick is bound to get hot eventually.
That goes back to what happened nearly immediately following the last Raptors-76ers matchup. The Sixers are third in the playoffs in total rebounds and second in two-point field goal percentage. Philly won in seven games when Vince Carter's shot at the buzzer bounced off the rim.
However, after turning down a four-year, $80 million contract extension from the Los Angeles Clippers last summer, Harris will attract plenty of attention on the open market when he hits unrestricted free agency in July, according to Shams Charania of Stadium.
The Raptors are 12-4 against division opponents.
Philadelphia kept the pressure on and pulled to within a point four minutes into the second quarter. "We go out there and lace 'em up, run up and down the hardwood and play basketball". Toronto took a 61-52 advantage into the halftime break. Toronto went 3-1 against Philadelphia during the regular season.