When Toronto Raptors fans left the Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday night after a 104-101 overtime loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, the team’s squad had a piece of advice for Drake ahead of Game 4: Bring a Broom.
“That’s what you call a superstar,” Embiid yelled at the Toronto rapper, who is also the club’s global ambassador. “Get your ass out. I’m here for that sweep too.”
Drake, who had animatedly cheered the Raps from his seats on the track, was saddened after Embiid drained a three-pointer with 0.8 seconds left in overtime. The five-time NBA All-Star finished the night with 33 points and 13 rebounds in Game 3, giving the 76ers an impressive 3-0 lead.
In the first half, the Raptors limited Embiid to five points. Sixers forward Tobias Harris said afterwards that Drake Philly’s big man was trolling from the sidelines. “In the first half, Drake was there and said:” [Embiid] can’t play here. I said, ‘He can definitely play here.’ [Drake] was like, ‘No, he can’t play here.’”
Toronto faced the 76ers in the 2019 Eastern Conference semifinals, which the Raps won after Kawhi Leonard knocked down a dramatic buzzer-beater in the closing seconds of Game 7.
Drake and Embiid were famous throughout the series, with the Grammy winner at one point making fun of the NBA scorer’s signature plane-flying party during Game 5.
After the match, Embiid told Drake, “I’ll be back.”
Not wanting to revive the talk of the so-called “Drake curse,” he didn’t return for Game 7. But after Leonard’s winning shot, he posted a video to his Instagram Stories that said, “Yes, sir.” And while he and his friends were celebrating, he turned his phone’s camera down and revealed that he had been wearing Sixers shorts all along.
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The chirping between the two continued as they left the arena on Wednesday night. “Are you there Saturday?” Embiid asked Drake.
“I’ll be there,” replied a grinning Drake. “Will you be there?”
Game 4 between the Raps and 76ers goes Saturday at 2 p.m. at Scotiabank Arena.