Joel Embiid had a brutal evening, however no less than Kawhi Leonard was there to cheer him up.
Within the 76ers’ Recreation 4 loss to the Hawks on Monday, which evened the Japanese Convention semifinal sequence at two video games apiece, Embiid totaled 17 factors, 21 rebounds and 4 assists, however he shot simply 4 of 20 from the sphere, together with 0 of 12 within the second half. Sure, the MVP runner-up missed each shot he took over the ultimate two durations — not best in the event you’re a Sixers fan.
Joel Embiid went 0-12 within the 2nd half. That is probably the most makes an attempt in a half and not using a make over the past 25 postseasons. pic.twitter.com/MkJpGe8zK1
— Kirk Goldsberry (@kirkgoldsberry) June 15, 2021
Embiid’s greatest miss got here within the closing seconds when he rolled to the basket and botched a layup that will have given Philadelphia the lead. The four-time All-Star has been taking part in with a torn meniscus in his proper knee, and he admitted that the harm restricted his explosiveness.
“Nice look, nice look. I simply did not have the elevate,” Embiid stated throughout his postgame media availability. “Thought I obtained fouled, too. However normally I might go up, particularly for a bucket like that, attempt to dunk it, or attempt to get fouled and get an and-one. However I simply appear to not be capable of leap for apparent causes. Like I stated, it is powerful, however gotta take into consideration Recreation 5.”
Earlier than the conclusion of his press convention, Embiid stopped in the midst of a solution to observe an unbelievable second from Recreation 4 of the Clippers-Jazz sequence. Embiid caught a glimpse of Leonard annihilating Jazz massive man Derrick Favors with a one-handed dunk and could not assist however react to the play because it unfolded.
“I simply felt like I did not have it tonight, and naturally you possibly can form of — oh my God,” Embiid stated. “You see that dunk? See that Kawhi dunk? Man, wow. However you possibly can see from the start of the sport, it was powerful. You can simply inform. If I am not dominating, particularly defensively, it is simple to inform. So, I am positive they noticed it.
“However yeah, that Kawhi dunk was loopy. Man. All proper, guys. Have a very good evening.”
Maybe that vicious slam will encourage a bounce-back efficiency from Embiid because the sequence heads again to Philly.