The Philadelphia 76ers will play the decisive game into the 2021/2022 NBA Conference semifinals/Photo/Twitter
The 76ers are currently leading 3-1 in the best-of-seven series. Victory will ensure Doc Rivers’ men book tickets to the Eastern Conference semifinals. The 76ers actually have a faster chance of securing a semifinal ticket in Game 4, Saturday 23/4/2022). However, they gave up 102-110 at home to the Raptors.
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Pascal Siakam led the Raptors with 34 points in Game 4. That was Siakam’s career-high playoffs, while Gary Trent Jr added 24 points. In the Sixers, James Harden led with 22 points, and finalist MVP Joel Embiid added 21 points.
Now, the 76ers do not want to miss the opportunity. However, the bad news is that Joel Embiid suffered a torn ligament in his right thumb. Availability is likely to remain in question ahead of Tuesday’s match. “I want to play,” said Embiid. “I would imagine that I continue to play and maybe do something after this season.”
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The Raptors are also not immune to injury. All-Star guard Fred VanVleet injured his left hip in the second quarter of Game 4, while NBA Rookie of the Year Scottie Barnes limped off after spraining his left ankle in the series opener.
At Barclays Center, Brooklyn, the Boston Celtics will also determine their fate of qualifying for the Western Conference semifinals in Game 4 against the Brooklyn Nets. The Celtics lead 3-0 in the best-of-seven series. The Celtics, who had the NBA’s top-ranked defense during the regular season, won every game in a different way.
The success of the Celtics in winning the match was their ability to withstand the mainstay of the Nets, Kevin Durant. Durant’s ability can be reduced to only an average of 22.0 points on 36.5 percent of shots. Prior to facing this version of the defense of the Boston Celtics, Kevin Durant had never averaged less than 24.5 points in any postseason series.
In Game 3, Saturday (23/4/2022), Durant’s impact was so minimal that he only scored 16 points and had 11 shots. It was his fewest attempts in a playoff game since making 10 in Game 2 of the 2017 Western Conference finals against San Antonio.
Schedule of Game 5 NBA playoffs 2021/2022, Tuesday (26/4/2022) WIB
06.00 WIB Brooklyn Nets vs Boston Celtics (Celtics lead 3-0 in best-of-seven series)
07.00 WIB Philadelphia 76ers vs Toronto Raptors (76ers lead 3-1 in best-of-seven series)
08.30 WIB Dallas Mavericks vs Utah Jazz (2-2 draw in best-of-seven series)