The Philadelphia 76ers are hitting their stride during this 7-game home stand. The Sixers defeated the NBA champions Golden State Warriors Friday night 118-109, Led by the “Big Fella’ Joel Embid. Joel scored 34 points & he grabbed 13 rebounds. He’s been on a tear the last 6 games averaging over 35 points and 12 rebounds a game. Home cooking is what is good for Joel Embiid and the Sixers.
Overcoming Injuries in the Lineup
While his offense continues to shine, his defense helps anchor the Sixers into one of the top defensive teams in the league. Joe commented earlier this week, saying that “some fans wanted him traded.” He’s not the only Philly Athlete who’s heard that statement. I’ve had several debates with people about Jo’s play. “He’s not in shape…….He needs to be in the post…….get out of the second round”. Some of it’s valid, but most of it’s not.
Embiid is the Engine That Drives the 76ers
Joel Embid is an awesome player, both offensively and defensively. He’s the engine that drives the Sixers. I’m sure he’d be the first to acknowledge that. The Sixers are 16-12. Despite several injuries to their lineup, they’re 5th in the Eastern Conference. I believe they have the pieces for a good regular season and a long post-season run. That includes getting out of the 2nd round in the playoffs. The Toronto Raptors are the Sixers’ next opponent. A division rival they look to beat and extend their 4-game winning streak. I’m sure Jo has a lot pinned up from last year’s 1st round series against the Raptors. Home cooking is what is good for Joel Embiid. The question remains, will that continue for a long postseason run?
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