The good, the bad and the uncertain of the table of games on Thursday 6.
Game 6: 76ers 112, Raptors 101
Loser: the shortest memory of the NBA, and yes, I mean you, fans of Philadelphia
How the state of mind, the Sixers' nation, has changed in the last 24 hours. How it fluctuated through Game 6, even. Three minutes into the second quarter, Philly climbed 19 points; Three minutes later, still seven up, the Wells Fargo Center was booing; At the end of the quarter, the crowd gave the team a standing ovation. When entering the game, some of the fans thought that the franchise would be better if it was negotiated sooner rather than later. Cut your losses now before it's too late; I mean, he's already 22 years old, and it's been almost a total year Since he was Rookie of the Year. At the end of the game, Ben Simmons was again the Prince who was promised, the first of his name, the one that Philly should really build.
Because Joel Embiid, really, will he ever be healthy? He had not played five games against Toronto. He will probably never be free of injuries, no matter that the health problem that restricted him in Game 5 was a respiratory infection, probably the same respiratory infection that his son detected last month at school. You know what they say about respiratory infections and big men; It could be an ender race. Well, except that in Game 6 he looked pretty good. Great, even. Could he be the best big man in history? Who should discard it? Embiid finished with 17 points, 12 tables and a minus sign of minus-40. Plus-40! Did Wilt ever do that? Well, him? (We do not know, the statistics do not go back that far, but still: plus -40!)
I love you Philadelphia And I fear Philadelphia. But, above all, I admire you, Philadelphia, and your indifference to everything that happened more than six and a half minutes ago. Are you a rash? You tell me. It would be an impulsive fan base own ink with Mike Scott Tattoos Three months after his term in the Sixers, knowing he is a free agent without restrictions this summer?
The past is the past, and the past is not part of the Process. Take it to Jimmy Butler, who also joined the organization this season, who could also leave this summer, who is also now the god of Philadelphia, and who once He removed the rear view mirrors of his minivan as "a symbolic reminder to never look back".
Winner: Jimmy Buckets by contract
Brett Brown has to be delighted that Simmons and Embiid have returned to form in Game 6. The duo is the future of the Sixers and will also determine Brown's future; According to reports, he is training for his work in the postseason. But more than Simmons and Embiid, the Philadelphia coach has to thank Jimmy Butler for keeping the team in this Raptors series. Butler scored 25 points on Thursday, his third consecutive game leading all the Sixers, and added six rebounds, eight badists (another team maximum) and two steals. He has been the hero, even next to Embiid and Simmons in Game 6.
It is not known how long Butler will be a Sixer. He is a free agent without restrictions this summer and it is realistic for him to leave. It's a nice coincidence that Butler, who was in charge of the ambushes of the dressing room raiders last fall, repaired his reputation in a place nicknamed the City of Brotherly Love. Fighting against Toronto, Butler has shown all his strengths: veteran experience, competitiveness, elite skills in both directions and a desperate need to win. Brown's hope is that he will move to Game 7. So far, there is no evidence that he does not.
Loser: Bank of raptors
For a team often applauded for its depth, the Toronto bench has been especially unproductive in the second round. Three games in, the Raptors reserve. has played 163 minutes in total and he had combined for only 21 points, shooting 21 percent from the field. In Game 4, only Serge Ibaka scored in the second unit, adding 12 points. The bank almost surpbaded its point total of the first four games in Game 5 alone, scoring 32 points in Philadelphia's worst playoff loss since Dr. J wore the uniform (a 40-point loss to Boston in 1982). ).
They returned again in Game 6. By the end of the third quarter, only Ibaka was on the board (nine points). Ibaka led all the relievers; Fred VanVleet, once hailed as the backup that no one talks about, was not a new factor, but Nick Nurse did not play Jeremy Lin at all while he was still briefly in Pat McCaw. The bank managed to finish with 23 points, but most of it was acquired in garbage time.