A happy Joel Embiid says there’s no urgency to change anything with the 76ers
The Philadelphia 76ers are 8-2 over their last 10 games. Last night, they dismantled the Boston Celtics, beating them 111-99, and moved to 24-17 on the season. The 76ers sit in fifth place in the Eastern Conference midway through January.
Joel Embiid continued his dominance, scoring 25 points in 32 minutes of action, with 13 rebounds, six assists, a steal, and a block. Tobias Harris and Seth Curry both scored 17 points, with Tyrese Maxey following Embiid with 23 points.
After the game, Embiid spoke with the media about the Sixers’ recent success and how he feels at this point in the season.
The big fella notes that the Sixers are 21-9 when playing with a healthy lineup, and that there’s really no urgency to change anything. He believes the Sixers have everything they need and that they will continue to find success. Embiid ends the video by saying that he’s happy.
We have seen multiple press conferences with Embiid and Maxey this season that shows their chemistry growing game by game. Embiid went from calling him “terrible” after a game against the Raptors, to letting his young point guard know “that’s how you respond to criticism” after lighting up the Brooklyn Nets a game later.
From there, we witnessed Embiid joking with Matisse Thybulle about shooting more threes. It’s clear the chemistry is there with the Ben Simmons-less 76ers.
The NBA trade deadline on February 10th and is approaching quickly. Ben Simmons has obviously been the topic of conversation all around the NBA and if the Sixers should feel a sense of urgency in moving him.
Well, Embiid certainly doesn’t think so and has been playing some of the best basketball of his career this year without Simmons.
You can look at all of the examples above and think they are subtle shots at Simmons. I personally think everything Embiid says after each 76ers win is a shot at Simmons and I don’t blame him. I hope he continues to do so, if that’s the case.It could also just be a more mature Embiid, growing and supporting his teammates. Either way, it’s hard to deny the change in attitude from season’s past.
After the game tonight, Embiid posted this photo on Instagram. Take it as you will.
All is well in the land of Philadelphia 76ers basketball. Who knows where the trade deadline and the rest of the season will take us, but for now, just sit back and sing the damn song.
Take it away Tyrese.
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