The home crowd let the Sixers have it in their dull 103-88 game 5 loss to the Raptors

Oh boy. Philly, 76s may have a problem.

Once they are in a position to sweep the Toronto Raptors, the Sixers look like a team in danger of suffering an embarrassing exit in the first round.

It fell after the Raptors won, 103-88, in Monday night’s game 5 at Wells Fargo Center to force Game 6.

The Sixers cling to a 3-2 lead in the best of seven Eastern Conference series after failing to beat the Raptors in two elimination games. Match 6 will be on Thursday at 19.00 in Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena.

The Sixers hope to avoid being the first team in NBA history to have a 3-0 advantage. Meanwhile, coach Doc Rivers has lost seven of his last eight elimination matches.

“Honestly, we have to stay together,” forward Tobias Harris said of the Sixers’ state of mind. “Obviously it’s a tough loss for us. A game that we wished we really did not make enough effort to get W.

“But we have to stick together. We need to find out how we can gather that type of energy and be able to be the best. ”

Harris believes the Sixers just need to focus on what has worked for them in this series.

Rivers is not worried about the mental state of its players after taking a 3-0 advantage followed by two games in which the Raptors played them out.

“I do not know if I care about that,” he said. “I know there is a gear we have that we have not used in the last few games. And go there [to Toronto], it will be a lively atmosphere. I think it will be great for us in a crazy way. I think we are ready for that. “

On Monday, the Raptors were without All-Star point guard Fred VanVleet, who is put on the sidelines with a left hip flexor.

But they did not need him this evening while shooting 51.2% from the field. The quality of the shot attempts the Raptors got in the first four games gave coach Nick Nurse confidence on his way into Monday.

“I think the biggest thing I’ve seen is that we’ve created really good images most of the series,” he said before the match. “And we haven’t shot very well yet. I told the guys today that today would be a good day to go and start taking some of those pictures.”

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He just did not know how they would create those shots with VanVleet on the sidelines. As it turned out, the Raptors generated them with a team effort. Five of the eight players in their rotation – before the teams emptied their benches – scored double figures. Pascal Siakam had his second solid game in a row and finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists.

“They got everything they wanted,” Rivers said. “Not only did they get it, they spent 23 seconds holding almost every possession. So they turned the game into a slow slug party. But when they could run, they ran.

“So they got both. They beat us in the transition. When they had no transition, they backed it out, used the clock, got the iso they wanted, and scored on us.”

The Sixers, meanwhile, made just 38.3% of their shots. James Harden fought that night. The longtime All-NBA guard finished with 15 points, seven assists and five turnovers. His point total, however, was a bit misleading as Harden had only made 2 of 9 shots and had nine points before making his last two shots.

“We need to get James to go downhill in some more actions that he likes and more comfortable,” Rivers said.

Joel Embiid had 20 points and 11 rebounds – with 13 of his points in the first half.

Embiid looked more comfortable early on with his injured right thumb than in Game 4.

He finished the first quarter with 10 points on 3-for-5 shooting while making all four of his fouls. Embiid also had five rebounds.

Back in game 4, he finished the first quarter with one point while making 1 out of 2 foul shots and going 0-to-5 from the field. He had two rebounds.

But his aggressiveness waned as Monday’s fight progressed. For the match, he shot 7-of-15 and made all six penalty throws. Embiid also committed to four turnovers. He was unable to get deep catches in the second half.

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“We did not get stopped,” Embiid said. “In the first half, we were able to stop and run the floor and just pop in early before they could double down.

“And in the second half, they just kept scoring and scoring and scoring, and we kept playing against a set of defense. “Clearly, they just doubled me like last match.”

Embiid, however, kept thinking about his thumb with the torn ligament.

There was a point in the second quarter as he was hesitant to go for the loose ball he clearly could have gotten.

“I’m in a situation where I’m trying to protect it,” he said of his thumb. “So before I attack at all, or before I get the ball, it’s almost as if I’m not playing freely. If I do this, I might get hit or I might get hurt.

‘So I mentally think I just need to get out of it. I hope for the best, be myself and not think about what trait can put me in a bad position to get hit or get hurt even more. So I want to work on it. “

VanVleet said the hip has bothered him “off and on” this season. He also sustained the injury “the year before.” Back then, he could get through it. This time the injury was worse.

VanVleet suffered the injury in the first half of Saturday’s match 4 and did not return after leaving the pitch in the second quarter.

It’s been a tough year for him.

He missed the last three games of the regular season due to a knee injury that affected him in the second half of the season. The injuries have affected his game this series. VanVleet averages just 13.8 points and 35.2% shooting after achieving an average of career-best 20.3 points this season.

The bubbles from the home crowd were in full force when Rivers called a timeout with 7 minutes and 14 seconds before the break. That’s because the Raptors opened the second quarter on a 12-0 run, leading 41-27 at the time. The Sixers shot 0-9 in the neighborhood.

Danny Green buried a three-pointer after the timeout to stop the Raptors’ run. So on their next possession, Embiid converted a three-point game to pull the Sixers within eight points (41-33). A couple of ball possessions later, Harris scored a transitional basket during the Sixers’ 8-0 run.

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But they could not sustain their comeback efforts. They went back to the mean and lacked shots as the Raptors closed out the half on a 13-6 run to take a 54-41 cushion.

The Sixers shot 5-for-22 from the field in the neighborhood and were housed at the end of the half. The three-point game marked Embiid’s only points of the quarter. Toronto held on to a 77-66 cushion after three quarters.

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