By Dave Feschuk Sports Columnist Mon., April 29, 2019 It’s almost always a long way to four wins in the NBA playoffs, but if there’s one factor that suggests a distinct Toronto advantage as a deadlocked series moves to Philadelphia, it stands seven feet tall and appears to require the height of NBA maintenance. Even as the Sixers evened the best-of-seven at a game apiece with a 94-89 win in Game 2, Philadelphia’s all-star centre Joel Embiid continued to be a relative nonfactor. That’s a sizable problem for the Sixers. At his best, Embiid is a shot-blocking menace with a soft-touched scoring knack — a two-time all-star and a member of last season’s NBA all-defensive second team. But the opening pair of games have underlined, he has clearly not arrived in these playoffs at his best. Not that he didn’t have his moments Monday, including a big-time driving layup that put the Sixers up 92-89 with 24 seconds to play. Even with that rare flash of brilliance Embiid went 2-for-7 from the field en route to 12 points, six rebounds, five assists and six turnovers, this after shooting 5-for-18 in Game 1. On Monday morning, he forewent the team’s shootaround… Read full this story
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