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Drake mocks scoreless Joel Embiid during Sixers' loss to Raptors

Drake mocks scoreless Joel Embiid during Sixers' loss to Raptors

Joel Embiid has 4,106 more NBA points than Drake.

But on Monday night, the Sixers' All-Star center and the Canadian rapper scored the same number of points (zero) in the Sixers' 101-96 loss in Toronto, and Drake was very happy about that.

Embiid shot 0 for 11 from the floor and missed all three of his free throw attempts. It's the first scoreless performance of his professional career.

Scotiabank Arena now holds a few rough memories for Embiid, who left the court in tears after Kawhi Leonard's quadruple doink jumper over his outstretched arm in May sent the Raptors to the Eastern Conference Finals and ended the Sixers' season. Toronto went on to win its first NBA Finals while the Sixers restructured their team this summer, adding Josh Richardson and Al Horford and losing Jimmy Butler and JJ Redick.

The Sixers play the Raptors again on Dec. 8, but that game is at the Wells Fargo Center.

Embiid will have to wait until Jan. 22 for his next chance to quiet the Raptors' most famous fan. 

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Kevin Hart curses at Drake over Sixers' loss to Raptors

Kevin Hart curses at Drake over Sixers' loss to Raptors

Kevin Hart is somewhat polarizing around the Philadelphia sports scene. You like him because he's "from here" and pulls for our squads but you hate him because he's something of a mush.

Fans had petitioned him to stay away from the Sixers during their playoff run — which he mostly obliged — but he still took some blame for who-knows-what-exactly after Philly fell to the Raptors in seven.

Anyway, Hart visited "Live with Kelly and Ryan" this week and they spoke at length about the tough series loss to the Toronto Raptors and also the roll Drake played in it.

"[Drake] wanted to bet on the series and I didn't because he doesn't pay," Hart said. "I think my frustrations from the past is probably what brought some of the negativity into this series. If I had a bet, we probably would have won. Because I didn't bet, he reversed me. He hit me with a reverse-woo."

"You know what's bad," Hart continued. "I didn't even go to the series. I didn't go to no games because I'm so superstitious. I went to games last year and then we lost to Boston."

Then they discussed Drake "cursing" the Sixers by wearing a pair of 76ers shorts during the series. 

"[Drake] wore our team shorts because he's a jerk," Hart said. "He put the reverse on himself because everybody was saying whoever he roots for loses. I should have done the same thing, I should have put on a Toronto Raptors uniform and I didn't. I let my city down. I let my city down."

The segment ended with Kelly and Ryan asking Hart to share a message directly with Drake, who watches regularly. You can watch the whole segment and Hart's very colorful parting message below.

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Raptors fan Drake found a way to use his own curse on the Sixers

Raptors fan Drake found a way to use his own curse on the Sixers

Oh, he really did it, didn’t he?

If you’re looking for a scapegoat for the Sixers' Game 7 loss to the Raptors Sunday night (see observations) beyond the normal Twitter arguments, look no further. 

It appears that Drake invoked his alleged “curse” on Philadelphia by rocking an old pair of Sixers shorts to watch the game. He posted it on his Instagram story seconds after Kawhi Leonard sealed the game with a shot so insane, it’ll probably appear in the lyrics of the rapper’s next album.

Check out the screenshot from his Instagram story for yourself.


This is bold. And it also explains a lot about why he wasn’t sitting in his regular spot in the arena, as I’m sure he didn’t want Raptors fans thinking he cared about supporting Philadelphia. 

The Drake curse has widely been a phenomenon since he was spotted wearing a Maple Leafs jersey to Game 4 of the NHL playoffs. He has also been connected with Alabama' football's loss in the 2019 national championship game, an AS Roma loss, a Connor McGregor loss at UFC 236 and a 2015 Serena Williams loss in the U.S Open, among others.

It appears the curse is alive and well, with his latest victim being the Sixers.

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