JJ Redick on Joel Embiid vs Jazz: “Most Dominant as I’ve Ever Seen Him”
Look, I know we have covered Joel Embiid and what he did last weekend multiple times already on The Liberty Line but the Philadelphia 76ers don’t play again until Friday when they welcome Giannis and the Bucks to town, so just bare with us as we catch up on any and all Sixers rumblings across the internet this week.
To recap, Joel Embiid scored 101 points, with 21 rebounds, 14 assists, and 9 blocks over a 24 span on Saturday and Sunday last weekend, highlighted by a a career-high 59 points to go along with 11 rebounds, eight assists, and seven blocks against the Utah Jazz on Sunday night.
The performance is obviously turning heads across the internet, as Embiid became the first player EVER to score at least 50 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and five blocks in a game since stats became an official stat 50 years ago.
- The performance earned him NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors >>
- He’s also back in the MVP Rankings >>
Former Sixers guard JJ Redick hopped on his podcast, “The Old Man and the Three,” and talked in detail about Embiid’s weekend dominance, stating it was the most dominant he has ever seen Embiid play on a basketball court.
JJ Redick on Joel Embiid vs the Utah Jazz
“That’s as dominant as I’ve ever seen Joel. I just felt so bad for the Utah Jazz. Just no real options to match up with him and you saw that specifically in the fourth quarter where they played Lauri Markkanen and Jarred Vanderbilt and those are essentially the two guys that were guarding him and the Sixers, I think, did a great job of mixing up where he was catching the ball. So he would catch it at the block, obviously, they were doubling. That’s a big part of his eight assists last night, but he’s so good at recognizing when those doubles are coming, that he’s just gonna catch it at the elbow, face up, and either wait for the double or go 1-on-1 and there’s just no answer with those two guys at that size.“