Joel Embiid has a Rare “Off” Day and the Sixers Fall to the Raptors

The Raptors threw everything they could at Joel Embiid. Doubles, Triples, and changing the timing to try to slow the big man down. And it worked. The Sixers lost to the Raptors 110-103. Joel Embiid finished the game with 25 and 17.

Joel Embiid’s off nights are now finishing with 25 points and 17 rebounds. He has reached a point where these numbers are bad nights for him. Granted, he did shoot 6 for 20 from the field. But tonight just proved Joel has reached a certain height, where it is considered uncommon for him not to completely dominate a game.

There was the good and the bad in tonight’s game. The Sixers’ offense ran like a well-oiled machine for a good portion of the night. Ben Simmons was aggressive, attacking the rim, and getting to the line. His coach praised him postgame, citing their goal preseason was 10 free-throw attempts per game. Ben had had 14, made 10, and finished with 28 points.

“Our goal before the year was for him [Ben Simmons] was 10 free throws a game. And he did that” – Doc Rivers postgame about Ben Simmons FT attempts

Ultimately the fourth quarter happened and the 76ers didn’t score a field goal for close to eight minutes, blowing a ten-point lead, and falling to the Raptors 110-103. The Sixers fall to 20-11 on the season, and still first place in the Eastern Conference. The 76ers will face the Raptors again Tuesday night.

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