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Win it for Brett: Sixers face franchise-altering Game 7 in Toronto

Game 7 in Toronto is the most important Sixers game since 2001.

Philadelphia 76ers v Toronto Raptors - Game Five Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images

It’s been a crazy series, one that will end tonight with the Philadelphia 76ers going on the road to try to win Game 7 against the Toronto Raptors. In the first six games, each team has two blowout wins at home and a close win on the road.

Throughout the series, the Sixers have gotten killed any time Joel Embiid has been off the court, and the same can be said about Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors. I expect both players to play the most minutes they’ve played all series.

There are so many keys to the game, but the biggest one could be getting Ben Simmons going early, as he’s at his best when he pushes the ball in transition and crashes the offense glass.

Other keys will be Embiid’s health, the shooting of Tobias Harris and JJ Redick, slowing down Leonard, keeping Toronto’s role players disengaged, and winning the non-Kawhi minutes by more than the Raptors win the non-Embiid minutes.

The game being in Toronto will definitely play a factor, as each team has been much better at home this series. The Sixers have proven they can win a game up North, but it won’t be easy. They’ll need everyone to play well to get it done.

There are also plenty of peripheral storylines surrounding Game 7.

According to Marc Stein of The New York Times, Brett Brown could very well be coaching for his job tonight. Firing Brown would be a terrible decision for a franchise used to making terrible decisions. Brown is well-liked in the locker room, so hopefully the team rallies around their coach and comes out with a great effort in Game 7.

Another thing to watch for is tonight’s officiating crew. Scott Foster, Tony Brothers, and Jason Phillips are definitely not a popular group. While I don’t expect the crew to favor one team or the other, I do expect inconsistent and frustrating calls that throw off the game’s rhythm.

Joel Embiid has three flagrant foul points going into this game. That means if the Sixers are able to win tonight, but Embiid picks up a Flagrant 1, he will be suspended for the first game against Milwaukee. A Flagrant 2 would mean a two-game suspension.

Besides Brett Brown keeping his job, this game could also play a big role in whether the Sixers bring back Tobias Harris and Jimmy Butler. It shouldn’t, but it’s the Sixers, so it very well could.

Game Info

Who: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Toronto Raptors
When: 7:00 pm EST
Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON
Watch: TNT
Listed: 97.5 The Fanatic
Follow: @Liberty_Ballers

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