The Raptors played hard until the end, a trait that can work wonders for a team trying to surprise this season. Seth Curry did return from a foot injury and Tobias Harris scored 19 points in his return from a six-game absence after testing positive for COVID-19.
“We just need bodies. He’s a warm body. The fact that he’s one of our better players helps,” coach Doc Rivers said.
Trent hit the 3 with 1:10 left that put the Raptors ahead.
The Raptors led most of the fourth quarter until the Sixers went on a late run. Rivers said Simmons’ status is “The last thing on my mind right now.” Simmons’ agent Rich Paul told The Athletic: “This is no longer about a trade. This is about finding a place where we can help Ben get back to his mental strength and get back on the floor. I want him on the floor playing the game that he loves. I want Ben on the floor. Whether that’s in a 76ers uniform or any other uniform, that’s not up to me, but I want him in a state where he can resume play.” Simmons, a three-time All-Star, requested a trade in the offseason and has a frosty relationship with the Sixers.