Raptors In Trouble Without Pascal Siakam

Raptors say Pascal Siakam is doubtful for Game 4

The Raptors went into halftime with a 47-45 lead.

Siakam is averaging 22.9 points per game in the playoffs.

After tons of scrutiny by pundits and fans across social media, Kyle Lowry, Marc Gasol, and Serge Ibaka all had bounce back games on both sides of the court. "It was a different mentality". His 26-foot step-back jumper over Embiid with 1:01 left on the clock was perhaps the toughest shot he took all night, and it put the Raps up by four at a crucial time.

Afterwards, Butler said he wants to see Simmons "attack" when the series moves back to Toronto for Game 5.

Jimmy Butler led the way for Philadelphia with 29 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 assists.

Siakam was still feeling soreness in his pre-game warmup but decided he was good enough to go.

Leonard topped all players with 39 points, and a postseason career high of 14 rebounds. The All-Star center played through an illness and only had 11.

Sixers coach Brett Brown said Embiid texted him early in the morning saying he wasn't sure if he could play because of a virus.

Brown said he expected the Raptors to "be unsafe". His size appeared to bother Leonard here and there as the Raptors' star turned it over seven times.

Despite missing nine straight shots, the Sixers still trailed by only 89-87 with 2:35 remaining after a pair of Butler free throws.

Following a turnover, Embiid missed a layup.

So much is riding on this series, including Leonard's future in Toronto. Danny Green made four free throws in the final minute to ice it.

Joel Embiid was feeling under the weather, and finished with 11 points, eight boards, and seven assists, plus two blocked shots.

"I came off a pick-and-roll". Like I said before, it's not about just me and him on the floor - I'm trying to beat the whole Sixers team.

Lowry and the Raptors traditionally bounce back after big losses, and there've been few bigger losses than Thursday's 116-95 rout that set up Sunday as virtually a must-win matchup, and one of the most important games in franchise history.

"The stuff that he can get off - and we had two people out there - the stuff that he can do to create his own shot is Kobe-like for me", Brown said.

Sure, Philly had the momentum, the home court, and nearly universal support from the media, but apparently, no one told that to Kawhi Leonard and company, as the Raptors regrouped, reloaded, and returned to the Wells Fargo Center committed to evening the series out at 2-all before it returns North of the border.

The Raps used Gasol and Ibaka together at times, and it shored up Toronto's rebounding problems so evident in the first three games of the series. But the Sixers outscored Toronto 10-2 to cut the deficit to 24-21 after one. "The close games we're in, the games we won, we held them under 100 points, and that's what we've gotta do".

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