Joel Embiid on COVID cases: ‘Last year there was great precautions and this year it was just all over the place’

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Yaron Weitzman: Joel Embiid on increase in NBA COVID cases: “I thought last year there was great precautions in place and this year it was just all over the place and I just thought it was unprofessional and that’s where we are now.”
Source: Twitter @YaronWeitzman

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Yaron Weitzman @YaronWeitzman
Joel Embiid on increase in NBA COVID cases:
“I thought last year there was great precautions in place and this year it was just all over the place and I just thought it was unprofessional and that’s where we are now.”
Full quote below: pic.twitter.com/6lTPtm0aGy10:54 PM

Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“He put pressure on them.”
Kevin Durant on Nic Claxton causing trouble for Joel Embiid and Andre Drummond. – 10:40 PM

Krishna Narsu @knarsu3
Tobias and Embiid seem like a weird fit to me since they both like to operate in the same areas on the court. Plus Tobias is not really a 3pt shooter. – 10:21 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Nic Claxton on when he fell on his shoulder contesting Joel Embiid at the rim: “It’s crazy because I fell against him my rookie year and that when I hurt my shoulder, but this time wasn’t that bad. I’m good.” – 10:09 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Nic Claxton said he jumped too early on Embiid. Feels ok. Adds he injured his shoulder against Embiid his rookie year. I believe that was a labrum injury. – 10:09 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Doc Rivers on the late timeout, and sending a message to the referees by doing it: “They needed to see that.” Felt Joel Embiid got fouled on his final three post touches, and didn’t get a call on any of them. Was stunned a team could go a whole quarter without a single team foul. – 10:09 PM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Joel Embiid has played the good soldier up to this point, and he had a capable sidekick in Seth Curry tonight, but I continue to wonder how long he’s going to be happy with the franchise in stasis, especially after losses like this one phillyvoice.com/instant-observ…10:00 PM

Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
Sixers made it close but it’s another bad loss to a very shorthanded team. They lose to Brooklyn 114-105 to drop to 15-15. Kevin Durant is incredible.
Tobias Harris: 3-17 from the field on some great looks. Not enough help for Joel Embiid and Seth Curry and that starts with him. – 9:52 PM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
FINAL: Nets 114, Sixers 105 after Philly’s rally after falling behind comes up short (again). Durant with 34-11-8. Embiid with 32-9-6. Curry with 29 and 4 assists.
After that huge win over Golden State, it’s been a disappointing week for the Sixers — to say the least. – 9:50 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Kevin Durant with a four-point play after Embiid tied the game at 103. – 9:44 PM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Embiid and Curry checking back in for the final 6:46 along with Milton, Green and Thybulle. – 9:36 PM

Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Good quarter for the Sixers to trim Nets’ lead to 85-79 heading to the fourth. But now they’ve got to get something from someone besides Embiid and Curry, who are both sitting. – 9:22 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
END OF Q3: Nets 85, 76ers 79
Sixers won the 3rd, 31-19, for their strongest quarter of the game. Embiid & Curry have combined for 49 points, but Tobias Harris is 3/15 & 0/4 from 3PT. Meanwhile KD on triple double watch, Kessler Edwards is balling out. Nets have to earn the win. – 9:21 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
A couple of Brooklyn buckets pushes their lead back to 85-79 after 3. Joel Embiid and Seth Curry have been the main sources of offense thus far. #Sixers9:20 PM

Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
End of 3rd QTR: Nets 85, Sixers 79
Kevin Durant (21 PTS, 11 REBS, 6 ASTS), Nic Claxton (15 PTS) & the Nets took their foots off the gas. They allowed the Sixers to explode for 31 PTS in the third and to make matters worse for them, Joel Embiid (28 PTS, 9 REBS) is in attack-mode. – 9:19 PM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Joel Embiid and Seth Curry: 18-of-28 from the floor
Everybody else: 9-of-36
And somehow, Sixers only trail 81-79 in the final minute of of the third. A big reason is free throws. Sixers are 17-of-20, Nets 9-of-10. Philly also has 10 points off 9 Brooklyn turnovers. – 9:18 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Tyrese Maxey, limping and all, was 1 of the first off the bench to help Joel Embiid up off the floor there. Kid loves his teammates. #Sixers9:09 PM

Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Embiid and Seth Curry are having excellent nights but when the ball ends up anywhere else the 76ers are in trouble. Tobias Harris and Danny Green a combined 4 for 20. – 9:07 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Nic Claxton checks out right after Embiid shoots his free throw. Day’Ron Sharpe in for him. – 9:05 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Joel Embiid is up rather quickly after taking a hard fall from a hit by Nic Claxton. The Barclays Center crowd gave him a really nice ovation. #Sixers9:04 PM

Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Nic Claxton just landed hard on it appeared his shoulder trying to help on Embiid. Nets looked concerned but he’s up and staying in the game. – 9:04 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Nets center Nic Claxton just went down hard after trying to contest a Joel Embiid drive to the rim. Claxton stayed down on his back for a minute before getting up, but he’ll remain in the game. – 9:04 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Nic Claxton just hit the ground hard after challenging Joel Embiid at the rim. He landed on his shoulder and took a moment but has gotten up and will stay in the game. – 9:04 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Just went and checked out the @SociosHoops suite, then came back to my seat, only to find the Nets’ 18-point lead now cut down to 8. Joel Embiid has 21 and Seth Curry has 17. Tough storm for Nets to weather. Sixers played below their means in the first half. – 9:02 PM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Running everything through Embiid or Curry is good #analysis9:01 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Joel Embiid and Seth Curry are keeping the team in it a bit. Another triple for Curry and Philly is within 71-63 with 7:50 to go in the 3rd. #Sixers9:00 PM

Noah Levick @NoahLevick
Joel Embiid: 14 points on 7 field-goal attempts and 4 assists.
Rest of Sixers: 34 points on 39 field-goal attempts and 5 assists
Three Nets rookies and Langston Galloway have totaled 20 first-half points off the bench. Sixers have 5 second-unit points. – 8:42 PM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Halftime: Nets 66, Sixers 48. This is pretty simple: Philly is shooting 34 percent from the floor, including 5-of-18 on 3s. Brooklyn is shooting 54.3 percent from the floor and 7-of-11 on 3s. Embiid with 14-5-4. Durant with 15-9-5. – 8:39 PM

Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
HALF: Nets 66, Sixers 48
Kevin Durant (15 PTS, 9 REBS), Nic Claxton (11 PTS) & the Nets are outplaying Philly on the perimeter. Brooklyn is holding them to 28% accuracy from three while countering with 64% accuracy of their own. The Nets also making it hard on Joel Embiid. – 8:39 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Joel Embiid appears to be saying “fuck it, I’ll do it myself”. Philly might not have a choice in order to rally in this one #Sixers8:28 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Joel Embiid just took the ball the full length of the floor before rifling a pass to Seth Curry, whose corner 3 makes this a 54-44 game in the 2nd quarter. Sixers are on the 2nd game of a back-to-back but they’re not gonna lay down. Curry & Embiid each w/10 points. – 8:28 PM

Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
Blown away by how good Kevin Durant is. Sixers doubling to get the ball out of his hands and he makes the right play so easily every time.
Equally not blown away by Joel Embiid creating three 3s in the first two minutes and the Sixers not getting anything from that again. – 8:09 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Day’Ron Sharpe is getting his crack at defending Joel Embiid. Embiid backs him down and hits him with a shimmy but the turnaround fadeaway rims out. – 7:59 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Kevin Durant finds Nic Claxton for an alley-oop over Joel Embiid after the timeout. Claxton is up to 9 points and hasn’t missed a shot yet. He even hit a hook shot. I don’t recall seeing him make one of those before. – 7:52 PM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Five of the Sixers’ first seven shots have been from beyond the arc, but Embiid gets Philly’s first points in the paint with that nifty Euro step to the bucket. – 7:45 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Joel Embiid has the quickest feet I’ve seen for someone his size. I don’t know how he finessed that euro-step around Blake Griffin. That’s a charge for a lot of guards attacking Blake. – 7:45 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
3 assists for Joel Embiid all on triples. Seth Curry, Shake Milton, and Danny Green have a triple each. Good start on offense. #Sixers7:43 PM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Per the Sixers, Tyrese Maxey will not play tonight with a left quad contusion. Additionally, Danny Green has moved back into the starting lineup with Milton, Curry, Harris and Embiid. – 7:01 PM

Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Things To L👀k Out For In The Nets vs. Sixers Game:
▪️Kevin Durant has averaged 39 PPG in his last 3 games.
▪️Joel Embiid was held to 19 points on 6-of-15 shooting in the first meeting.
▪️Day’Ron Sharpe holds the best defensive efficiency amongst Nets bigs at 100.5. – 6:59 PM

Dave Early @DavidEarly
“We know Jo is a perennial MVP candidate these days. He’s a matchup nightmare. He’s able to shoot from the perimeter but also he’s a great post player. They have shooters around him they have versatility they some continuity.”
#Nets Steve Nash discusses Joel Embiid, #Sixers6:08 PM

Justin Grasso @JGrasso_
Furkan Korkmaz and Georges Niang remain out for tonight’s game vs. #Nets. Joel Embiid and Seth Curry are NOT on the injury report #Sixers1:33 PM

NBA Math @NBA_Math
All-Stars based on our RPR MVP Predictor:
East Starters:
G: Trae Young
G: James Harden
F: Giannis Antetokounmnpo
F: Kevin Durant
F: Jarrett Allen
Reserves:
G: Zach LaVine
G: Darius Garland
F: DeMar DeRozan
F: Jimmy Butler
F: Jayson Tatum
WC: Domantas Sabonis
WC: Joel Embiid pic.twitter.com/Pi3WnGexfB11:48 AM

Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Joel Embiid went 3 for 10 from the field when defended by Dewayne Dedmon last night – 8:38 AM

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Rivers has spoken to Niang since he tested positive. The coach said their conversation was filled with laughter but noted that Niang is “mad” at his situation. “He doesn’t know how he got it,” Rivers said. “The same thing you get from almost everyone who gets it because they are frustrated, because they feel like they’re trying to do the right stuff. And his first worry is, does anyone else have it? That’s everyone’s first question, because they don’t want to be that guy, you know? -via The Philadelphia Inquirer / December 17, 2021

The recent surge in Covid cases has ESPN analyst and former NBA head coach Jeff Van Gundy fearing the league will need to do something drastic and unpopular. “I really feel that at some point there’s gonna be a pause to our season, a bubble to our season,” Van Gundy said during ESPN’s Wednesday night NBA broadcast. “The way they’re predicting these cases to continue to go… I don’t see any way around it.” “Clearly we hope that you’re wrong,” play-by-play voice Mike Breen replied. -via Mediaite / December 17, 2021

James Ham: According to a league source, all activities have been officially canceled by the Kings today. There are internal concerns that additional players will enter health and safety protocols, either for positive tests or as part of contact tracing. -via Twitter @James_HamNBA / December 16, 2021