Channing Frye Puts Philadelphia 76ers on Blast After Horrific Game 5 vs. Toronto Raptors

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As a newly retired NBA player, former Cavs big man Channing Frye hasn’t lost his love of the game and is keeping up with the current playoff battles taking place.

Following the Toronto Raptors’ 125-89 blowout win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night, Frye took to social media and delivered a trio of blistering tweets that criticized various aspects of the Sixers’ performance.

Frye’s reference to 76ers center Joel Embiid’s abysmal performance was borne out by looking at Embiid’s statistical numbers in the game. In 31 minutes, the Philly big man scored just 13 points, grabbed only six rebounds and committed eight turnovers.

As a team, the Sixers finished shooting 42 percent (33-of-79) from the field. However, from beyond the arc, they were only able to connect on 25 percent (6-of-24) of their attempts on the night. In contrast, the Raptors hit on 49 percent (40-of-82) of their shots from the field and 40 percent (16-of-40) on 3-pointers.

Those spacing issues that Frye noted became clearly evident during the second and fourth quarters. In the second period, the Raptors blew the game open by outscoring the 76ers, 37 to 17, to take a 64-43 lead into intermission.

After the Raptors added another point to their lead to enter the final stanza, they finished off the game by outscoring their opponents, 33-19.

The Raptors’ victory gave them a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series that moves back to Philadelphia on Thursday night for Game 6. Anything resembling a repeat performance for the Sixers then will not only send them into the offseason, but also be fodder for the loquacious Frye to deliver some additional social media jabs in their direction.

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Brad Sullivan is a lead writer for Cavaliers Nation. He has spent much of life in the Cleveland, Ohio area, and has remained a Cavalier fan from their 1970 beginnings through the return of LeBron James. While that fandom was sorely tested during the Reign of Error known simply by one word, Stepien, that overall historical perspective will be part of his writing for Cavaliers Nation in the months ahead.