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Non-Warriors playoffs: Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers break the tie

Knotted up at one game each, the series swings into Philadelphia - can the Sixers pull off two consecutive wins?

NBA: Playoffs-Philadelphia 76ers at Toronto Raptors

After splitting the opening two games in Toronto, the Philadelphia Sixers and Toronto Raptors are in Philly to continue their battle to decide who will eventually lose to the Warriors.

Ok, not really, the East is actually much more competitive at the top than it has been for years. Though these teams are two of the best, the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks are the more immediate obstacle. But enough looking ahead, who do you have tonight?

Game Info

Who: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Toronto Raptors

When: 5:00 pm PST

Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia PA

Watch: ESPN

What to watch: Joel Embiid’s wheels

He’s currently listed as available, but anyone who’s been watching knows Embiid is far from fully healthy. Nursing a troublesome knee injury, the star has been... adequate. Though he only managed 12 points in their game two win, his solid defensive presence and ability to pull defenders in with him.

They’ll be back in front of their home crowd, so hopefully the energy gives Embiid the boost he’ll need to play through the discomfort and loss of mobility.

What else to watch: Butler vs. Kawhi

Kawhi Leonard is one of the top players in the NBA. Depending on how heavily you value durability/availability and leadership, he’s either a top 5 or top 10 player, at worst. Jimmy Butler is a half-tier below that. Though he tiptoes around superstardom, most of the news he’s made this year was all related to clowning his teammates and forcing one of the most interesting non-free agent departures in my memory.

And this. This is impressively petty.

Philadelphia had one of the NBA’s best home records (31-10) this season, and they’ll need every advantage they can get to pull out a win tonight.