Joel Embiid channeled Drug King Pin Stringer Bell with a perfectly timed Tweet after last night’s win
Joel Embiid flipped the 76ers series against the Miami Heat last night on its head, taking the court with tape wrapped around his torn thumb ligament and a black mask covering his broken face. Embiid finished the game with 18 points and 11 rebounds, and the 76ers walked away with an inspiring 99-79 victory in South Philadelphia.
After the game, Embiid took to Twitter and fired out a picture of Idris Elba, who played Stringer Bell in The Wire. The picture delivered a simple and clear message to the internet. Joel Embiid is back and the 76ers-Heat series is far from over.
How does tweeting out a picture of a fictional drug king pin deliver a quick message that Embiid and the 76ers are back? Well, for those unfamiliar with The Wire, the image Embiid tweeted was from this specific scene of the show after Stringer Bell got Avon Barksdale’s drug operation back up and running after he was sent to jail.
“You understand me? We’re back up. I want you to put the word out there that we’re back up.”
Last night was a legacy-defining moment in Joel Embiid’s career and the entire city of Philadelphia will never forget what he had to go through over the past week just to get back out on the court to help the 76ers win. To fight through a torn ligament in his thumb, a concussion, and a fractured bone in his face to come out and essentially save the hopes for the 76ers is remarkable.
Now, we have a series to win. The 76ers are back in action tomorrow night at the Wells Fargo Center, looking to make it 2-2 against the Heat before heading back to Miami next week.