The 76ers died with Joel Embiid for one day

The 76ers died with Joel Embiid for one day

After dealing with a bout of gastroenteritis last week, Philadelphia 76ers superstar Joel Embiid reportedly was sick again ahead of Sunday's Game 4 against the Toronto Raptors and was forced to have an IV at 6am ET after staying up all night, according to Keith Pompey of the Philly Inquirer. "I'm definitely breaking a sweat out there".

Pascal Siakam, who had been doubtful with a sore calf, was in the starting lineup and missed his first seven shots, but he gave the Raptors a lift with nine points and three steals. That's for you guys to do. But that 15 percent three-point shooting set Philadelphia back in a big way, especially considering a lot of them were clean looks.

Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) shoots against Philadelphia 76ers forward Mike Scott (1) during the first quarter in game four of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center. "The close games we're in, the games we won, we held them under 100 points, and that's what we've gotta do".

If you'd like testimony from the team now tasked with guarding him, there's no shortage of praise. His defense has been abhorrent and, when he's hitting shots, Redick is among the Sixers' most important pieces on offense. "No matter the situation I just need to be aggressive". "We still have an incredible opportunity to go for the Eastern Conference championship and then get to the Finals, so we're looking forward to it". His size appeared to bother Leonard here and there as the Raptors' star turned it over seven times.

"He's been doing that for a long time now in the league", Butler said. "He's been aggressive, he's taking the challenge".

It's been tough to get a good feel of this series and I guess you can make an argument for the Raptors as big favorites given their recent history in these sort of roles and the average margin of victory in this series has been 11 points. Brett Brown called it "Kobe-like". It would lead one to believe they aren't quite out of the series yet. With Leonard, every moment is the same as the one that preceded it.

Serge Ibaka made the defensive play of the game in the second quarter, racing back down the floor to reject Tobias Harris during Philadelphia's 3-on-1 fast break.

The Sixers' schemes against Leonard have been varied and sensible.

"I came off a pick-and-roll". It doesn't sound likely. "And then if coach says 'why'd you do it?' I promise you, I will say I told him to do it".

But his teammates were as much the story in Sunday's win. I'll try, but I don't know.' With that, started my day ... to his complete credit, he just kind of willed his way through it. But at the end of the day, that's a hell of a playoff game. "He's just so gifted. he's a hell of a player, 39 points and you felt all of them". Then you see his toughness emerge.

"We've got to continue to play better", Lowry said.

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