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Sixers Updates: Joel Embiid ‘Suck It’ Celly returns, Maxey Player of the Week, Harden sitting on the bench

The Philadelphia 76ers dominated the Portland Trail Blazers in their 2023-24 home opener last night, winning 126-98. 

Joel Embiid was incredible last night, playing just three quarters while dropping 35 points to go along with 15 rebounds, seven assists, six blocked shots, and two steals. 

Embiid was certainly feeling himself last night as we got the return of the WWE “Suck It” celebration in front of a sold out crowd at the Wells Fargo Center. 

Joel Embiid ‘Suck It’ Celly

Joel Embiid told everyone 5 Years Ago about Deandre Ayton

Anytime Joel Embiid plays against Deandre Ayton, it’s literally BBQ chicken. Ayton, who was dealt to Portland over the offseason in the massive three-team deal that landed Damian Lillard in Milwaukee, hasn’t been what was promised in the early stages of the 2023-24 season for the Blazers. 

It certainly doesn’t help that Joel Embiid has a knack for destroying him every time they play against each other either. Embiid now averages 35.9 points and 14.0 rebounds in his career against Ayton and if you have been paying attention, you should have known that already.


Tyrese Maxey Continues Impressive Start

Maxey, who was just announced as the Eastern Conference Player of the Week, has averaged 30.3 points per game, 6.7 rebounds per game, and 6.3 assists per game to start the season.

Tyrese Maxey continued his elite start to the NBA season, scoring 26 points with 10 rebounds, while known-loser James Harden watched it all from the sidelines. Harden, who still hasn’t taken the court this season can stay right on the bench for all I care.

James Harden vs Michael Myers

Watching Maxey shine as the team’s primary ball handler this season has been fantastic.

The Sixers are moving up and down the court together and adding Harden, who is notorious for holding onto the basketball and dribbling it around the perimeter before looking for nothing more than a cheap foul call, has no place on this roster moving forward. Period.

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Reason to Believe…?

Listen, I know damn well that the vibes around the Philadelphia 76ers are most likely at a 5-year low after yet another disappointing playoff exit last year to the Boston Celtics. I’m not here to tell you to feel or think otherwise. It was expected that Sixers’ fans keep this team at arms length this season until something different happens in the playoffs and all things considered, that’s perfectly fine with me.

I will say, that we can’t just sit around and pretend like everything is completely miserable and not watch the Sixers play basketball. Trust me, I did that all Summer and it wasn’t fun. On top of that, through the first 3 games this season, there have been significant changes made by Nick Nurse and this team has a little spark that has been refreshing to watch.

I’m not asking you to completely buy in, but I am requesting that you at least give this version of the Philadelphia 76ers a fair shake. Plus, it obviously helps that Embiid and Maxey have been incredible to start this year’s campaign.

Side Note: The Philadelphia 76ers need to win the inaugural NBA In-Season Tournament. It would be absolutely hilarious and I need to parade down Broad Street with the NBA Cup more than anything.

Up Next for the Sixers

The Sixers will have a few days off before hosting the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night. From there, they’ll welcome the Phoenix Suns, Washington Wizards, and Boston Celtics to South Philadelphia before hitting the road to face the Detroit Pistons on November 10th. 

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