Raptors’ Game 7 experience will be put to test against 76ers

Raptors’ Game 7 experience will be put to test against 76ers

Kawhi Leonard leads the team in the postseason by pouring in 31 points plus 8.5 rebounds per game.

With a score of 90-90, Kawhi pulled into the corner and leapt just on the bottom edge of the 76ers' court boundary, throwing up a prayer with his jump shot.

Even before Game 7 of the Raptors-Sixers series unfolded the way it did, there were rumors head coach Brett Brown was on the hot seat if the Sixers didn't advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.

In his first season with the Toronto Raptors, Danny Green is headed to the Eastern Conference Finals. They have never been to an NBA Finals.

The lasting memory of the series will be Kawhi Leonard's game-winning shot that hit the rim not once, not twice, not three times, but FOUR times before falling through the basket and crushing the Sixers dreams.

"It was insane", Raptors guard Kyle Lowry said.

Leonard, the former MVP and National Basketball Association champion, who was only in this situation because of a freakish falling out with one of the greatest franchises in the game, got the ball with just a few seconds to go. And I think he got it as much as anybody, and led us.

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Serge Ibaka came up big for 17 points and eight rebounds, while Kyle Lowry had 10 points and Pascal Siakam added 11. The 76ers are 14 in three pointers per game (9.5) but stand tied for 11 in three-point percentage as they cash in 33.1 percent of their shots from beyond the arc.

Leonard added that the Raptors ran a similar play earlier in the playoffs against Orlando.

"I give Toronto credit for a tenacious, switching defense", 76ers coach Brett Brown said.

Butler, 29, and Harris, 26, were both acquired during the season in a push to seize the LeBron James-less Eastern Conference, but both are strong candidates to sign max contracts, worth $190 million over five years, if signing with the 76ers.

As for his colleagues, Embiid was battling illness, while Simmons is still overwhelmed by hesitancy with regards to picking his shots.

Players are punished with an automatic one-game suspension after reaching four flagrant-foul points. Toronto controlled most of the game, but in the end, it was essentially a coin toss who would win. "He's always thinking of how he can make everybody great, which is hard to do when you have a roster like we have, had, but I think he's going to be here for a long time". With 12.1 seconds to play, Embiid made two free throws to trim the lead to one. Simmons - who averaged almost 17 PPG during the regular season - has scored more than 10 points just twice in the six games against Toronto.

Then there's the sheer load of points Leonard has been pouring in for the Raptors, particularly in the second-round series against Philadelphia. "He's a player's coach - can really communicate with his players and get good knowledge, to learn from them, too".