The Philadelphia 76ers are in trouble due to Joel Embiid’s uncertainty


Joel Embiid

Joel Embiid was the focus of all eyes as he retreated into the locker room with Elton Brand, Philadelphia 76ers general manger. This happened between the first quarter and the second quarter of Game 4. Embiid posted a second-half double-double, but he looked nothing like the player who was the Eastern Conference’s dominant force during their regular season.

The MVP runner up at 7 feet disappeared from the court during the second half. He missed all 12 of his shots and the Hawks made an 18-point comeback to win 103-100 and tie the conference semifinals, 2-3.

It was not clear if the partial right lateral meniscus tear joel embiid injury sustained in Philadelphia’s victory over the Washington Wizards was the only reason. He was more likely forced to lie in pain on the sidelines before Brand escorted Brand into State Farm Arena. The postgame was unclear.

Doc Rivers, Sixers coach, said to reporters that he didn’t know what he was talking about after a missed opportunity to win the series. “He went in front, so I know something was bothering his, but I don’t know what it was.”

After his worst shooting night, Embiid said, “From the beginning, even before my return to the locker room,” It was difficult from the start of the game. It was easy to see, and it is clear if I am not dominating defensively or offensively.

The thing is, it wasn’t easy to see in the first half. Embiid scored four straight baskets after returning in the second half, plowing through Hawks center Clint Capela. He also spun into a fadeaway at the baseline for two of them. He ended the quarter with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Embiid was a +16 for more than 18 minutes and made 10 of the Hawks’ 29 shots in the paint.

This was reversed in the second period, as Hawks forward John Collins became a stronger force at the rim.

“There are no excuses,” Embiid stated. “I have to do better.”

Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers’ center, struggled to finish Game 4. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images).

Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers’ center, struggled to finish Game 4. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images).

There is always an excuse. It is a legitimate excuse that should be of concern to Embiid as well as the Sixers.

He said, “It’s already understood.” “I don’t have to explain myself anymore. “I’m trying to do my best.”

This refers to his right knee.

Embiid stated that “I can do worse.” “I can always improve, but as far as being 100%, that won’t happen until the year ends. So I have to manage it and deal with it.”

Through the three first games of the conference semifinals, he handled it extremely well. He averaged 35.3 point (on 53/36/81 shot splits), 10.3 rebound, 4.7 assists, and 3.6 combined blocks, steals in just 35.5 minutes per night, which led Philadelphia to a 2-1 series lead. He was well on his way to another great night and the Sixers were heading for a quick series before questions about his physical health surfaced again.

It was more apparent than when Philadelphia had the best chance of regaining the win on Monday night. With 16.6 seconds left, Philadelphia trailed 101-100. Tobias Harris discovered an open Embiid and rolled to the basket.

“Great look,” Embiid exclaimed about a layup attempt that he usually makes with relative ease. I just didn’t have enough lift. Although I was afraid I had been fouled, I used to go up to try and dunk it. I also tried to get fouled to get an and-one. But, I don’t seem to be able jump, for obvious reasons.

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