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Barring something unforeseen, tomorrow will mark the 20th straight Sixers game Joel Embiid plays in. The only other time he did that, it was a much bigger story.
Perhaps that is why, even as he scored 40 points again, he talked about pacing himself: theathletic.com/3093322 – 12:27 PM
#Sixers center Joel Embiid moved up to third place in #NBA scoring with an average of 29 points per game. Brooklyn’s Kevin Durant leads all scorers with 29.3 ppg, while LeBron James (29.1) is second. Here’s a glimpse at the league’s scoring leaders 👇🏾: pic.twitter.com/QolEI7CbZE – 10:03 AM
Joel Embiid last night:
✅ 42 PTS
✅ 14 REB
✅ 4 BLK
Embiid has recorded at least 35 points and 10 rebounds with 50% shooting from the field in each of his last four games.
The last NBA player to record at least four such games in a row was Shaquille O’Neal in February 1994. pic.twitter.com/GFbtM9C15t – 9:11 AM
For anyone who feared Shaquille O’Neal was the asteroid who pushed the center toward extinction, I really hope you’re thrilled to see that Joel Embiid & Nikola Jokic have brought the big man back – with more skill, versatility & range – & are tearing up things Jurassic Park style – 10:48 PM
Joel Embiid on pacing himself: “Looking at the 1st half, that’s what I was doing. I was doing it to an extreme level, I would say. In the 3rd quarter, I really had enough at halftime.”
“It’s hard to play with that energy all game long, sometimes you have to kinda pace yourself.” pic.twitter.com/RJXoFbzwNq – 10:41 PM
Harden: “Of course I’m frustrated because we’re not healthy, there’s a lot of inconsistency for whatever reason. Injuries, COVID …it’s frustrating. I think everybody in this organization is frustrated because we are better than what our record is and we should be on the way up” – 10:36 PM
“Reports from who? Alright then I don’t know what you’re talking about…you’re talking about reports I don’t know about reports, did you guys hear from me? Alright then I don’t know about no reports.”
James Harden had a back-and-forth with a reporter about a recent trade update pic.twitter.com/ZiekHWXZf3 – 10:14 PM
“If you didn’t hear it from me, like I don’t talk to nobody, I don’t have an agent, if ya’ll don’t hear from me, than it’s reports. I’m frustrated because I want to win, and I’m a competitor, it’s pretty simple.”
-Harden on recent reports he has ‘increased interest’ in a trade pic.twitter.com/BrP2elTbTg – 10:07 PM
James Harden: “Of course I’m frustrated because we’re not healthy, where there’s a lot of inconsistency for whatever reason, injuries, COVID, whatever you want to call it. I think everybody in this organization is frustrated because we’re better than what our record is.” #Nets – 10:02 PM
I asked James Harden about the reports suggesting he doesn’t like living in Brooklyn or NYC: “Of course (I like living here),” he said.
He also said he’s frustrated with rotations because rotations dictate winning. Says if it doesn’t come from his mouth, he didn’t say it. – 10:01 PM
Vogel noted LeBron being “really locked in” on defense, starting at shootaround, as a major key vs. BKN. James had 3 steals and 2 blocks, with those B2B steals basically sealing the game in the 4th. Lakers switched their coverage there to swarm Harden w/LeBron at free safety. – 10:01 PM
James Harden asked about the reports about him today: “I didn’t hear about no reports.” Said he’s frustrated about the situation in Brooklyn given all the issues they’ve dealt with and wants to win, but didn’t talk to anybody. “Did you guys hear that from me?” – 10:01 PM
A loss like this should send a message to Sean Marks that even if you’re banking on a healthy return of KD & Joe Harris & cool with Part-Time Kyrie, it’s unfair to put all of this on James Harden for home games. Get him some help, so he’ll have something left for the playoffs. – 9:42 PM
Joel Embiid tonight:
✅ 42 PTS
✅ 14 REB
✅ 4 BLK
Embiid has recorded at least 35p/10r in each of his last four games.
The only other players to record at least four such games in a row since the ABA-NBA merger are Karl Malone (5 in a row), Shaquille O’Neal, and Anthony Davis. pic.twitter.com/8PgXj3KG6W – 9:32 PM
FINAL: Sixers 117, Pels 107
– NAW: 31p, 5a, 4r, 5/9 3P
– Willy: 29p (career high), 10r, 11/15 FG
– Jaxson: 15p, 5r
– Herb: 12p, 6r, 4a, 2b
– Jose: 11p, 5a, 3r, 2b, 2s
– Embiid: 42p, 14r, 4b, 4a, 18/20 FT
Pels: 48.2 FG%, 9/22 3P, 18/26 FT
Sixers: 46.4 FG%, 10/31 3P, 29/31 FT – 9:27 PM
Patty Mills has given Harden a little help offensively — but in these home games without Kyrie and KD for the foreseeable future somebody else is going to have to help. The larger issue in short term is that the defense continues to be porous. Nets’ 14 turnovers don’t help. – 9:27 PM
James Harden has 33 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists, but the Nets find themselves down against the Lakers, 92-78, entering the 4th quarter. No roster combination can account for the Nets’ lack of firepower: No KD, No Kyrie, and no Joe Harris against a healthy Lakers squad. – 9:12 PM
James Harden has 18 of the Nets’ 37 points, but against a team without Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, the Lakers have more firepower.
LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Malik Monk and Anthony Davis have scored 36 points alone, and the Lakers have a 47-37 lead here in Q2. – 8:14 PM
End of 1st half: Pelicans 58, Sixers 50
Hernangomez 21 pts (8-11 FG)
NAW 18 pts (4-6 on 3s)
Alavarado 2 pts, 5 assts
Wild 1st half from the extremely shorthanded Pels. They shot 52.3% from the field and picked up 17 assists. Great effort so far. Just gotta keep Embiid in check – 8:09 PM
Embiid giving up a putback off a free throw to Hernangomez is a nice summary of his defense that half.
He unfortunately can’t take halves off. When that happens, this group is capable of losing to pretty much anyone. Sixers down to super shorthanded New Orleans by 8. – 8:08 PM
Frank Vogel acknowledged that they’re now doing more switching than he’s ever done in the past as a coach, because that has seemed to fit their defensive personnel the best. They still have some coverages for guys like Harden in the arsenal, but defense is evolving. – 6:10 PM
Steve Nash on report James Harden is concerned with Kyrie & rotations: “I haven’t spoken to him about these things. I’m not sure what to believe. James & I speak all the time. I think we have a great relationship. I’m not sure the validity of these comments to be honest with you” pic.twitter.com/MC4ZrDxjvE – 6:06 PM
“I’m not sure the validity of these comments to be honest with you…. so I don’t see James as saying a lot of this stuff and I feel like our relationship has been really good….”
-Steve Nash was asked about a recent report suggesting James Harden is unhappy with #Nets pic.twitter.com/ykaV8cAxNo – 6:03 PM
By virtue of those leaks to Morey’s media protectors who live off his Intravenous info, 76ers, seems 2 me R pressuring BK 2 trade Harden 4 Simmons b4 deadline or risk losing him when he opts out this summer. Harden is conspires, it appears, by expressing displeasure w/situation – 5:43 PM
The issue with Harden-to-Philly rumors this summer is Philly has no leverage. Harden has to be ready to sign outright elsewhere. If that exists, it sets up the same scenario as when the Rockets traded for Chris Paul. Harden opt-ins to keep Bird rights, Philly trades for him. – 12:16 PM
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Source: Yahoo Sports