Joel Embiid trolls Drake after Raptors loss: ‘COMING FOR THAT SWEEP’

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‘That’s what you call a f—ing superstar,’ NBA All-Star screamed after hitting game-winning three

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As Toronto Raptors fans made their way out of Scotiabank Arena Wednesday night following a 104-101 overtime loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, the team’s centre had a piece of advice for Drake ahead of Saturday’s Game 4: Bring a broom.

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“That’s what you call a f—ing superstar,” Embiid yelled at the Toronto rapper, who is also the club’s global ambassador. “Get your ass out. I’m coming for that sweep, too.”

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Drake, who had been animatedly cheering on the Raps from his courtside seats, was crestfallen after Embiid drained a 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds left in overtime. The five-time NBA All-Star ended the night with 33 points and 13 rebounds in Game 3, lifting the 76ers to a commanding 3-0 series lead.

Philadelphia 76ers centre Joel Embiid celebrates after making a game-winning three pointer as Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet looks on during overtime NBA first round playoff action in Toronto on Wednesday April 20, 2022.
Philadelphia 76ers centre Joel Embiid celebrates after making a game-winning three pointer as Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet looks on during overtime NBA first round playoff action in Toronto on Wednesday April 20, 2022. Photo by Chris Young /THE CANADIAN PRESS

In the first half, the Raptors limited Embiid to five points. Sixers forward Tobias Harris said afterwards that Drake was trolling Philly’s big man from the sidelines. “In the first half Drake was over there saying [Embiid] can’t play here. I said, ‘He can play here, for sure.’ [Drake] was like, ‘Nah, he can’t play here.’”

Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse and Drake seen at Thursday night’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse and Drake seen at Thursday night’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers. Photo by Getty Images

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.

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Drake and Embiid famously feuded throughout the series, with the Grammy winner at one point mocking the NBA scoring champ’s signature airplane flying celebration from his courtside seats during Game 5.

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After the game, Embiid told Drake, “I’ll be back.”

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Not wanting to resurrect talk of the so-called “Drake curse,” he did not return for Game 7. But after Leonard’s game-winning shot, he posted a video to his Instagram Stories in which he could be heard saying, “Yes, sir.” And as he and his friends celebrated, he panned his phone camera downwards, showing he was wearing a pair of Sixers shorts all along.

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The chirping between the two continued as they made their way out of the arena Wednesday night. “Are you going to be there Saturday?” Embiid asked Drake.

“I’ll be there,” a grinning Drake replied. “Are you going to be there?”

Game 4 between the Raps and 76ers goes Saturday at 2 p.m. at Scotiabank Arena.

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