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Embiid Rising to New Heights

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Despite battling gastroenteritis, Joel Embiid has risen to another level this series, but it didn’t start that way.

During Game 1 against the Raptors, he dropped 16 points while adding eight rebounds and two assists. Marc Gasol disrupted Embiid’s performance, causing him to shoot just 5 of 18 from the field. Despite Marc Gasol’s stellar defense, however, Embiid was the only Sixer to finish with a positive +/- of 7 during the Game 1 loss.

Embiid was still battling gastroenteritis in Game 2 but still managed to play 32 minutes. He went on to score 12 points, grab six rebounds, and dish five assists on the night. Embiid clamped Gasol on the defensive end as well, holding him to just five points (1/6 FG). The real star of Game 2 however would be Jimmy Butler. Butler finished with a double-double that night scoring 30 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. In thanks to Jimmy Buckets performance the Sixers would come away with a Game 2 victory, evening the series at 1-1.

Game 3

Thursday’s Game 3 in Philly would be Embiid’s best game he’s had this postseason. The 76ers routed the Raptors during their matchup with a final score of 116-95. Embiid posted a double-double of 33 points and 10 rebounds– a freight train off the tracks. The Process had one of the best shooting nights of his life, shooting 9/18 from the field, 3/4 from beyond the arc, and nearly perfect from the charity stripe (12/13, 92%). Joel also impacted the game on the defensive end, recording five blocked shots and virtually shutting down Marc Gasol once again. He also threw down this nasty windmill hammer.

The Sixers will look to take a 3-1 series lead tomorrow at 3:30 ET on ABC.

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