Every fan of the Philadelphia 76ers knows about “The shot”. Every fan remembers Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard drifting into the corner and throwing up a prayer over Joel Embiid that took four bounces before dropping in Game 7 of the 2019 Eastern Conference semifinals to beat the Sixers 92-90.
It is a painful moment in Sixers history that will never be forgotten as they watched Toronto go on to win the 2019 finals. If Leonard doesn’t make that shot and the Sixers go on to win that game in overtime, who knows what might have happened? Obviously, there is no guarantee, but the Sixers had as good a shot as anybody to win the title in 2019.
Former Sixers guard JJ Redick, who was on that Sixers team in 2019, welcomed Raptors forward Pascal Siakam on with him to recall the shot on Redick’s podcast “The Old Man and the Three”.
This then led to a summer of changes for the Sixers.