The Sixers, we know it, will be without James Harden for the entire month of November with a right foot injury. This is why the return of Joel Embiidsick for the past few days, against Phoenix was great news.
Not only did the Philadelphia pivot play, but he was also good with 33 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists in the win over the Suns, deprived of Chris Paul in the second half.
” I was good. I did not shoot well, less than 50% success (8/21)so I have to be aggressive,” claims the All-Star for Sixers Wire. “He was good” Judge PJ Tucker. “He was efficient, as he always is. He had the right energy, especially in defence. »
“James Harden is not here so I have to do more with the ball, spin it and score”
With 33 units, Joel Embiid had his second best scoring game of the season. While he was still shooting at 27.2 points on average at 53% shooting success before this duel against the 2021 finalists, he is critical of his first performances.
“I had an average start to the season by my standards,” he judges. “Even if a bit of a slow start can mean running at 27 points on average for me. Offensively, I need to have more ball and spin, like in this game. I caught the attention of the defense, played simply and found my teammates for open shots. »
In the absence of the 2018 MVP, and in order to forget a start to the year that he considers very imperfect, the Cameroonian will be able to raise his level of play to carry the Sixers until December.
“I can adapt to anything. Of course, when James is there, he carries the ball and organizes the game. When he was there last season, I was doing more screens, I was good at it. I just have to adapt. I do what is necessary. Harden is not there so I have to do more with the ball, spin it and score. It’s a challenge and I like it. But even when everyone is present, I have to do all that. That’s how you can win. »