Multiple Sixers react to Joel Embiid’s big game against Timberwolves

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Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid is continuing to make things look easy out on the floor. He had himself another dominant game in Friday’s win over the Minnesota Timberwolves finishing with 37 points on 10-for-19 shooting with 11 rebounds and he didn’t even start the game well.

Embiid started the game 2-for-10 after dealing with back tightness and he was even questionable heading into the game. That factored into the slow start, but he came alive in the third quarter scoring 16 points in the quarter while shooting 6-for-7 to help Philadelphia run away with it.

“With the back tightness, I want to make sure I give us the best chance to close it out and also get some rest so I can hopefully feel good for the upcoming games,” said Embiid after the game. “I just decided to lock in defensively and offensively just take matters into my own hands and just be aggressive. I started off bad, I needed to make up for that, but as a team, we did a good job.”

Philadelphia was still able to lead it 53-48 at the half despite the big fella’s struggles, but thanks to his explosion in the third, they were able to stretch the lead to 14 entering the fourth and Minnesota did not have an answer.

I told him at halftime, I thought he missed very make-able shots, but I thought he was letting them off the hook,” said coach Doc Rivers. “I thought in the second half, he not only got the ball in the same spot but then he got the, and once he got that going, we are in great shape.”

There were a few shots in the first half where Embiid would get to the basket, but the ball just wouldn’t drop. That will happen sometimes in this league and he was able to not let it affect him. He was able to bounce back in the third.

“He was just in a flow,” said Tobias Harris. “I thought in the beginning of the game, he had a couple of easy ones that didn’t go his way. Sometimes, it’s like we expect greatness out of him so when he misses like two or three, we’re like ‘What’s going on?’ but he was able to get right which is what we expect. In the second half, he was in his bag of tricks of being able to create and score. It’s a full display of size, strength, and skill on the floor.”

Minnesota, like every team has all season, sent waves of defenders at him to try and stop him, but he did not commit a single turnover in this one along with his three assists. He is not a big turnover problem anymore.

“He’s been very consistent, he’s working hard,” said Ben Simmons. “We’re trying to find him down low. We know every night, it’s not gonna be the same night, depending on who’s playing him, might send a double, triple whatever it is, but he’s been willing to pass it out of the post and he’s making the plays. He’s gonna continue to get better at that.”

At the end of the day, the big fella gave credit to his teammates for recognizing the mismatches.

“The credit goes to my teammates, they found me,” said Embiid. “I had the hot hand and they couldn’t stop me and they kept feeding me.”

The Sixers will continue the road trip on Sunday against the Indiana Pacers.

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