It’s not a Game 7 buzzer basket to reach a conference final, but the 3-pointer of Joel Embiid at the last second of Game 3 is highly symbolic. It was in this room that he broke down in tears in 2019 after Kawhi Leonard’s miracle basket. And it was on the same half-court that he air-conditioned the Scotiabank Arena with a 3-pointer worthy of a Ray Allen or a Reggie Miller.
Catch-and-shoot on a throw-in. It’s very complicated, especially when you measure 2m13 for 125 kilos, but Joel Embiid ensures that it is his “spot”. This is confirmed by Tobias Harris.
“For him, it’s a shot with a high percentage, especially on this wing” assures the winger. “We gave the ball to our best player. Someone who goes after the actions, someone who puts the shots. »
However, a few minutes earlier, Joel Embiid had failed almost in the same place at the end of the 4th quarter, sending Raptors and Sixers into overtime.
“Great system! Tobias made an amazing screen, Danny made a great pass. All I had to do was finish the action and I’m glad I did.” says the Cameroonian pivot, also congratulating Doc Rivers.
“Coming to this room, we had in mind what had happened the last time”
Leaving the field, Joel Embiid could not help but chamber Drake promising him a sweep on Saturday afternoon. ” It’s great, but the job is not finished. We still have one to go get “he continues, who refutes the idea of a rematch compared to 2019. “ During the whole series, I didn’t really think about coming here for revenge. I’m more focused on winning the title. »
But Tobias Harris, again, does not have the same version. ” Joel and I talked about it. Coming into this room, we had in mind what had happened the last time. »
Revenge or not, it’s about the ” best basket of his career » according to him, and on Saturday, he will therefore have the broom in hand to put an end to these diminished and tired Raptors. He will probably hold it with his left hand since he injured his right wrist. At a press conference, he appeared with protection.
” I don’t know what happened, but it hurts again he confided. ” I think I may have twisted my wrist. We’ll see what happens after the night. »
Does he plan to miss this Game 4? ” Impossible ! he launched.