Sunday, December 4 2022

Gina Mizell: Joel Embiid on not winning MVP: “This is something that I knew weeks ago (referencing @Tim Bontemps’ straw poll)…I just knew it wasn’t gonna happen. Obviously, congrats to Nikola. He deserved it. He had an amazing season. There’s no right or wrong. There was a lot of candidates”
Source: Twitter @ginamizell

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Sixers’ Joel Embiid says he isn’t mad about not being MVP, but doesn’t know what he has to do to win it…1:23 AM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
After losing out on the MVP award, Joel Embiid went on a very long rant about the MVP voting and he targeted Bill Simmons #Sixers… via @SixersWire #NBA11:51 PM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Embiid took issue with Bill Simmons’ “F Jalen Green” podcast and what that could portray/reveal about award voters: “(He) has a lot of power. He can sway a lot of other media members and you got someone saying (that) type of stuff, I don’t think it’s fair. I don’t think it’s OK” – 11:14 PM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Here’s Embiid’s full quote on the MVP decision, voters on the award, and focusing on the bigger picture: PM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Joel Embiid, 76ers anguished in Game 5 loss to Heat…11:05 PM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Joel Embiid on not winning MVP: “This is something that I knew weeks ago (referencing @Tim Bontemps‘ straw poll)…I just knew it wasn’t gonna happen. Obviously, congrats to Nikola. He deserved it. He had an amazing season. There’s no right or wrong. There was a lot of candidates” – 11:03 PM

Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
Embiid: “This is a lose lose situation for me. if I don’t play, I’ll probably get called soft. If I played bad, [people] will come up with a bunch of stuff that he’s not good enough… Offensively, I haven’t been aggressive.” He said “I like our chances to come back here” Sunday. – 10:55 PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Five Degrees of Heat from Tuesday night’s 120-85 victory over the 76ers:…
1. This time easing to the finish.
2. Jimmy Butler keeps it up.
3. Max Strus makes things right from 3.
4. Duncan Robinson gets his (brief) chance.
5. A scare for Joel Embiid. – 10:54 PM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Embiid on MVP: “Obviously, congrats to Nikola, he deserved it.”
He goes on to cite Bill Simmons saying “f Jalen Green” on a podcast and openly wonders why someone who would say something like that has the ability to vote on NBA awards that can impact players’ salaries, etc. – 10:51 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Joel Embiid mentioned Bill Simmons for the “fuck Jalen Green” comment when discussing media voting for the season awards #Sixers10:51 PM

Justin Grasso @JGrasso_
Joel Embiid congratulates Nikola Jokic for winning MVP. Says there is “no right or wrong” for the winner. He mentioned that he figured he wasn’t going to win weeks ago #Sixers10:50 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Joel Embiid congratulates Nikola Jokic on winning MVP, says there was no wrong answer and that he, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Devin Booker all had deserving cases to win. – 10:50 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Joel Embiid: “I like our chances coming back here.” #Sixers10:47 PM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Embiid: “thought coming in i had the right mindset, i had the right mindset about what i wanted to accomplish…there’s a lot going on, sometimes your body and whatever’s going on won’t allow you to just be yourself. In those moments, you have to keep pushing and hope for the best – 10:46 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Joel Embiid said he still wasn’t sure what happened on the play in the second quarter, but that it was pretty painful in the moment. – 10:45 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Joel Embiid said the hit he took in the face was pretty painful, but he added that “it’s whatever” #Sixers10:44 PM

Justin Grasso @JGrasso_
“We didn’t play defense, we weren’t physical enough… we weren’t locked in” – Joel Embiid on tonight’s game #Sixers10:44 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
After he and Joel Embiid both took three free throws tonight, James Harden seemed to indicate he didn’t think the game was called evenly. “It’s supposed to be a playoff game, and physicality should be able to be on both ends of the ball.” – 10:35 PM

Surya Fernandez @SuryaHeatNBA
Amusing take by Barkley, but even if true Joel Embiid could have instead played like an MVP tonight and prove the voters wrong. – 10:30 PM

Mike Prada @MikePradaNBA
Great adjustment by Miami to put Jimmy on Maxey, shifting Strus to Harris and Vincent to Green. That allowed Jimmy to do what he does best: stunt on Harden and Embiid, erase passing lines, and fly out to spook his man from shooting or driving. Maxey was a total non-factor. – 10:16 PM

Jeff Zillgitt @JeffZillgitt
Charles and the TNT crew provide entertainment, and I watch. His take on Joel Embiid being distracted by not winning MVP is a stretch. The dude is battling through some significant injuries and was in obvious pain on the hit to the face. – 10:06 PM

Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
Embiid in pain as Miami and Butler dominates for 3-2…10:04 PM

Chris Palmer @ChrisPalmerNBA
Charles Barkley keeps saying Joel Embiid was distracted by the MVP vote. Or just maybe it was the concussion, face fracture, torn thumb ligaments and getting hit in the face again tonight. – 10:02 PM

John Gonzalez @JohnGonzalez
just spitballin’ here, Charles & Shaq, but maybe Embiid isn’t distracted maybe his energy was low bc he’s 67 percent broken – 9:58 PM

Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
Final: Miami 120, Sixers 85
Sixers got run off the floor by Miami. Rivers has some serious offensive adjustments to make for Game 6 that have very little to do with making shots.
Have to see how Joel Embiid is feeling in the post-game, gutty that he’s even playing. – 9:50 PM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
FINAL: Heat 120, Sixers 85. Embiid had 17 points and 5 rebounds but was banged up and out of sorts save for one third-quarter spurt. Harden with 14 but was 5-of-13 from the floor and could not carry over Game 4 magic. Sixers shot 36.5 percent.
Sixers on brink of elimination. – 9:49 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Embiid tonight: Harden tonight:
17 PTS 14 PTS
12 FGA 5 TOV
-29 -29
Both benched with 8 minutes left. PM

Austin Krell @NBAKrell
Even the logic behind “Embiid is pouting because he didn’t win MVP” is hard to follow. Why would pouting be a productive response? Wouldn’t you think domination is the way someone feeling disrespected would respond? – 9:34 PM

Peter Vecsey @PeterVecsey1
Embiid won’t be on the floor again until Game 6 in Philly… – 9:32 PM

Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Let’s see… Embiid is struggling as he’s scored “only” 17 points thru 3 quarters. So should we blame those struggles on his facial fracture? or his sprained right thumb? Or maybe being the focal point of the Heat defense?
Nah let’s wildly speculate it’s b/c of the MVP vote lol – 9:29 PM

Peter Vecsey @PeterVecsey1
How utterly disrespectful of TNT’s forward observers and studio stiffs to accuse Embiid of letting his not being voted MVP affect his effort!! How self-absorbed & weak willed they must perceive him!! No credit whatsoever to Miami’s defense either!! Freakin’ fraudulent!! – 9:27 PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Embiid already on 32 minutes and he starts the 4th. Didn’t get much of a contest on Herro, then they get a runout to push to 19 immediately. Butler also stays out there. – 9:26 PM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Embiid starting the fourth with Harden, Maxey, Thybulle and Niang. – 9:25 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Tyrese Maxey drills a deep triple and Philadelphia is down 81-66 after 3 quarters. Joel Embiid has 17 points as Philly will try to make another run in this 4th quarter. #Sixers9:21 PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Heat go up by 20 in third, take 81-66 lead into fourth. Butler with 21, Strus 14. Embiid with 17. Maxey 2 of 9. – 9:21 PM

Dave Early @DavidEarly
TNT really pushing this narrative that Embiid may be just moping and sulky from Jokic winning MVP. No sources cited but some consistent spec. PM

Austin Krell @NBAKrell
This broadcast insinuating that Embiid has been soft because of not winning an award and not because he’s probably a little concerned about his face is probably microcosmic of how unjustified narratives feed into the voting process. – 9:18 PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Miami’s help wasn’t as good on those last 2 Embiid drives (are they worried about Niang in the dunker spot on that last one?) – 9:11 PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
This has been a much less tightly called game than Game 4, which is to Miami’s advantage. (I don’t think these have been fouls on these strips and off-ball fronts, btw.) Harden and Embiid have 3 FTA combined, Philly 36% from 2. – 9:09 PM

Peter Vecsey @PeterVecsey1
The hurtin’ 4 certain Embiid has been reduced to window store manikin status… – 9:08 PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Regardless of whether Doc wants to force feed Embiid, Miami isn’t interested. They continue to front and frustrate him. – 9:05 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Joel Embiid hits the first shot of the 2nd half for Philadelphia – only to be followed by 10 straight Miami points to balloon the lead back to 20. – 8:58 PM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Bam Adebayo doing quite the job defensively on Embiid tonight. – 8:54 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Feels like Jimmy is going to find Embiid every chance he gets in this third quarter… – 8:52 PM

Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Embiid never warmed up for second half. Emerged from the tunnel with 55 seconds left in intermission. – 8:50 PM

Dave Early @DavidEarly
Charles Barkley a former Sixer thinks Joel Embiid had his “head in his ass” cause of the…MVP vote? But not the fractured face that just got slammed, the torn thumb, or recent concussion? Elite analysis! PM

Duvalier Johnson @DuvalierJohnson
Imagine the timeline if Nikola Jokic ever played this poorly in a playoff game. – 8:48 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
That might have been the worst first half Joel Embiid played on both ends of the floor since Ben Simmons was on the Nets bench in Philadelphia – 8:43 PM

Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
Heat lead the Sixers 56-44 at the half. Have already made as many 3s (7) as they did all of last game. Jimmy Butler has 14. James Harden has 10 points and four asissts. Embiid is 2 of 6 from the field. – 8:37 PM

Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
Kinda think the only positive from that half from the Sixers’ standpoint is that Embiid was able to keep playing after taking the hit to the face.
They got outplayed pretty badly on both ends. And yet, somehow just a 12-point game. – 8:37 PM

Christos Tsaltas @Tsaltas46
His Playoff presence this season is the biggest proof how good leader he is. Joel Embiid plays through pain, bumps and bruises. The real meaning of resilience! #Sixers #PhilaUnite8:28 PM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
I’m sure the fan sitting behind us who just yelled “This isn’t the WNBA! Step up!” in regards to Embiid would play through a broken eye socket and torn thumb ligament during his YMCA pick-up game. Assuming he can still play at that level. – 8:26 PM

Jon Johnson @jonjohnsonwip
Can’t shy away. Has to be same Embiid. Otherwise, it’s over. – 8:25 PM

Noah Levick @NoahLevick
Joel Embiid got up, took a detour on his way to the sidelines to express his displeasure at the no-call on Dewayne Dedmon.
Looked like Embiid was briefly checked out on the bench by medical staffers, given the OK to stay in after taking a hit to the face. – 8:25 PM

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Embiid was down on the ground in what appeared to be serious pain after getting knocked in face by the ball after it got deflected.
He walked slowly back to the bench and got checked out by the Sixers medical staff — but he is staying in the game. – 8:24 PM

Justin Grasso @JGrasso_
Joel Embiid was getting checked out on the bench after getting hit in the face. Looks like evertyhing is good as he’s back in the game #Sixers8:24 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
After getting checked out by the doctor, Embiid is back in the game. – 8:24 PM

Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Embiid remains in the game. Wow. – 8:24 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Embiid will stay in the game #Sixers8:24 PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Embiid staying in. – 8:24 PM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Embiid walking back to the sideline now, made sure to give Kane Fitzgerald an earful on the way there. Sitting on the bench, no trip to the locker room. – 8:23 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Joel Embiid is up and walking to the bench. The crowd gave him an applause for getting up. Embiid went straight to the officials to make his case, however. #Sixers8:22 PM

Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
Embiid is up and walking back to the bench, but not before getting a word with the ref first. – 8:22 PM

Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Joel Embiid up now – 8:22 PM

Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Embiid was down for about a minute. PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Joel Embiid is down after being hit in the face. It looked like Dewayne Dedmon hit him right in the face on the right side, where he has the fracture.
Embiid appears to be in a ton of pain. Doc Rivers was given a technical foul by Kane Fitzgerald, as well. – 8:22 PM

Jon Johnson @jonjohnsonwip
Oh crap. Embiid in serious pain. – 8:22 PM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Embiid down and grabbong his face on the baseline. Getting immediate attention from Kevin Johnson. – 8:22 PM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Joel Embiid is down and seems to be in a lot of pain. He’s holding his face. – 8:21 PM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Embiid still on the floor in obvious pain. – 8:21 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Embiid is down. Hit in the face. He’s in a lot of pain. – 8:21 PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Embiid blow to face, Critical moment here. Writing in pain. Technical on Rivers. – 8:21 PM

Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
Joel Embiid is down and in pain. – 8:21 PM

John Schuhmann @johnschuhmann
I think that was Embiid’s first post-up of Game 5. He’s drawn fouls on every single post-up in this series.
(He’s only had 5.) – 8:21 PM

Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Embiid down. Holding his face. – 8:21 PM

Michael Pina @MichaelVPina
Embiid playing with Reed for a couple possessions was something – 8:20 PM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Kitchen-sink time for Doc, who is putting Embiid AND Reed on the floor at the same time with Harden, Maxey and Milton. – 8:18 PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Paul Reed at the 4 along with Embiid and 3 guards. Interesting. Spo gets a timeout immediately, let’s see how he matches up. – 8:15 PM

Austin Krell @NBAKrell
Good adjustment from Doc, keeping Reed in the game with Embiid. – 8:14 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Bball Paul and Joel Embiid minutes. Let’s get weird. #Sixers8:14 PM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Paul Reed is staying in the game with Embiid (!!!) – 8:14 PM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Embiid out of the game and Heat getting to the rim. Heat leads 36-22. – 8:07 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
After 1: Miami 31, Philly 19.
Miami went 5-for-11 on its 3s, committed one turnover and got Jimmy Butler going (11 points on 5-for-8 shooting).
Philly committed four turnovers that became 8 Heat points, went 2-for-7 from 3-point range and Joel Embiid wasn’t involved enough. – 8:00 PM

Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Embiid looks lethargic out there. Fatigue, injuries, Miami’s physical defense — maybe a combination of all three — but he’s getting pushed off his spots and isn’t active in the paint. – 7:57 PM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Heat making it hard for the 76ers to even get Embiid the ball in the post. – 7:45 PM

John Schuhmann @johnschuhmann
Sixers are just unable to get Embiid any catches near the basket. – 7:44 PM

Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
Can not have three worse possessions in a row than that.
— Embiid doesn’t give the ball to Maxey early, messes up 2-on-1
— Harden stripped
— Green bad pass over the top, Embiid saves it for a turnover
Seven straight Miami points off those three turnovers. – 7:42 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Just a disastrous series of possessions there for Philadelphia, including Joel Embiid appearing to tweak his back after diving into the stands. Poor offensive execution leading to repeated open looks for Miami, and allowing the Heat to jump out to an early 18-10 lead. – 7:41 PM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Embiid grabbing at his lower back a bunch after trying to save that errant pass on the last possession. Yet another thing to keep an eye on – 7:41 PM

Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Embiid is hurting. Dove into crowd and is grabbing his back. – 7:41 PM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
P.J. Tucker with some great one-one-one defense vs. Joel Embiid on that possession. – 7:39 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
For 76ers — does Joel Embiid in Miami mean that Danny Green and James Harden’s jumpers will show up there as well?
For Heat — Does Erik Spoelstra have a lineup for Duncan Robinson’s defense? – 7:20 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
I will say Joel Embiid looks much more comfortable with the mask on. He was pretty loose before Game 4 and he looks good warming up today. #Sixers6:47 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Joel Embiid is preparing for Game 5 #Sixers PM

Justin Grasso @JGrasso_
Masked Joel Embiid getting ready to take on the #Heat in Miami for the first time this postseason #Sixers PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
With Heat’s Kyle Lowry down, Gabe Vincent again asked to step up.… Plus: Heat at home; uneven shooting; Embiid snubbed; schedule update. – 6:05 PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
From earlier — The terrible twos? Heat double-teams of 76ers’ Joel Embiid not producing easy answers…5:43 PM

Shandel Richardson @ShandelRich
Jokic bros still poking fun at Markieff Morris after MVP selection:…5:21 PM

Derek Bodner @DerekBodnerNBA
In first 2 games the Sixers:
* Couldn’t defend man-to-man
* Went to zone, got destroyed on glass
* Struggled to create in half-court
Then Embiid returned and they won 2 straight.
MVP award or not, he impacts the game like few in franchise history have.…5:11 PM

Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
Joel Embiid was robbed in the NBA MVP race and should have won the award over Nikola Jokic, writes 11-year NBA center @etanthomas36:…4:05 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Give ‘Em To Me! I want your predictions for tonight’s #Sixers vs. #Heat game. I want the final score, winner and points for Embiid, Harden, Butler and Herro. #NBA #PhilaUnite #HEATCulture #NBAPlayoffs – 2:59 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Sixers’ Doc Rivers disappointed Joel Embiid missed out on MVP: ‘This whole analytic-driven society, world is out of control at times …’… via @phillyinquirer – 1:14 PM

Derek Bodner @DerekBodnerNBA
ICYMI, content since Game 4 ended:
* Thoughts on Embiid losing MVP
* Podcast, breaking down the Sixers last 2 wins.
* How they can do a better job getting the ball to Embiid in the post.
Yearly subs still $10 off, with all proceeds going to charities. PM

Derek Bodner @DerekBodnerNBA
James Harden’s elite shot making bailed the Sixers out down the stretch in Game 4, masking their struggles to get the ball to Embiid in the post. Quick thoughts on why Bam fronting Embiid disrupted the Sixers’ offense, how they can counter that, and more:…12:24 PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
The terrible twos? Heat double-teams of the 76ers’ Joel Embiid not producing easy answers.…12:11 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Tyrese Maxey and the rest of the team gave their reactions to Joel Embiid losing MVP to Nikola Jokic #Sixers… via @SixersWire11:18 AM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Doc Rivers’ reaction to Joel Embiid not winning MVP: “I was obviously disappointed. Clearly, Jokic is a great player, too, and Giannis…I was surprised, though, by it. I actually thought Joel would win, but let’s win it (the title) and then everything else will follow, I guess.” – 11:15 AM

Rob Mahoney @RobMahoney
Joel Embiid is changing all the facts on the ground in the Sixers’ matchup against the Heat:…9:50 AM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
The terrible twos? Heat double-teams of 76ers’ Joel Embiid not producing easy answers… Erik Spoelstra, “He’s seen now every time a double-team, because nobody is just going to move him one-on-one. He’s too skilled, too talented.” – 9:34 AM

Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
From PM: A major change with Strus. 76ers promise an even better Embiid. And Harden explains why 76ers always knew they could beat this Heat team:…9:31 AM

Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
GAME THEORY PODCAST: @James Edwards III is here!
Jokic wins MVP and the MVP conversation mercifully ends.
Then, all four NBA Playoff series. PHI-MIA, DAL-PHX, GSW-MEM, and BOS-MIL.
Finally a segment on Jaden Ivey.

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
NEW episode of Pickaxe and Roll:
Nikola Jokić won MVP again and a lot of people are mad about it.
Let’s talk about:
-Why Nuggets fans should celebrate this moment in time
-Where Joker can still improve his game
-Where Joker may/will rank among NBA greats…11:39 PM

David MacKay @DavidMacKayNBA
I’d personally have awarded MVP to Joel Embiid but, guys, there’s no need to pretend Nikola Jokic isn’t also amazing. – 11:31 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
I voted Joel Embiid 1st, Nikola Jokic 2nd and Giannis Antetokounmpo 3rd on my MVP ballot. Here’s why, and who else I voted this season. PM

Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
New Game Theory Podcast LIVE forthcoming.
@James Edwards III is in the house! Starting at 8:15 PM ET. Here’s the link. We chat Jokic winning MVP, 76ers-Heat, DAL-PHX, GSW-DAL, BOS-MIL. And some Jaden Ivey talk.

Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Both Embiid and Jokic were awesome this season
Giannis is the best basketball player on the planet. – 3:59 PM

Gery Woelfel @GeryWoelfel
Nikola Jokic, who just won his second straight MVP award, was chosen in the second round of the 2014 draft by Denver, the 41st overall selection. The Bucks passed on Jokic with the 35th pick and chose Johnny O’Bryant. – 3:55 PM

Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
We are live for a Jokic-is-a-2x-MVP edition of the podcast. Come join us.
✅ Where does Joker go from here?
✅ Will next year’s MVP race be this toxic?
✅ Jokic teammate tier list…3:31 PM

Mark Haynes @markhaynesnba
James Wiseman on centers Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid being 1 & 2 in MVP votes:
“Yeah, it feels very good. It gives me a lot of inspiration as well. I look at them dudes as inspiration. I look at their film a lot, so I can add stuff to my game. I’m always a student of the game.” – 3:11 PM

Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin
James Wiseman on the revival of the center with Jokic winning MVP and Embiid being a top contender: “I look at them dudes as inspiration.” – 2:36 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
New @FrontOfficeShow is up! @Trevor_Lane and I talk Jokic winning MVP, SAC hiring Mike Brown, the four remaining playoff series, JI working his way back and more. Watch, like and subscribe below. We’re pushing closer towards 18K every day! PM

Ralph Lawler @Ohmeomy
Seeing debate of Jokic v Embid for NBA MVP. Reminds me of my Long-time suggestion that the league should give awards in Each conf. MVP, ROY, COY, etc. This is not like the old days with 8 teams East and 8 teams West. 30 teams now. Double the awards should be a No Brainer! – 1:31 PM

Derek Bodner @DerekBodnerNBA
On Nikola Jokic, MVP voting, and the MVP type of shit we’re witnessing on a nightly basis that matters far more than any of that.…1:19 PM

Ted Davis @nbated
The Original Nooner is back today 12-3 @TheGameMKE 97.3 @WNFL Joker gets the Trophy 🏆 but Milwaukee has the BEST! She should have followed Her premonition! Bally’s wants you to pay extra. Will you? Lend an Ear 👂 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Nikola Jokic is a deserving MVP candidate. Joel Embiid and Giannis Antetokounmpo were also deserving candidates. It should be fun when we have so many MVP-caliber players in the league at the same time. That’s all I got – 12:33 PM

TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Now that Jokic is a part of the 13 players to win consecutive MVP awards, the next question being begged to be asked is this.
How many players have won 3-straight MVPs?
Larry Bird
Bill Russell
That’s the entire list. Jokic will have his chance to join that elite group. – 12:29 PM

Mike Prada @MikePradaNBA
Congratulations to Nikola Jokic for being voted the only good player in the NBA this season. – 12:27 PM

Jabari Davis @JabariDavisNBA
had little interest in the MVP debates along the way and no interest in the outrage after the fact, especially when we knew the likely results a month ago. Jokic is amazing. Embiid is also amazing. Giannis, get this, is also STILL AMAZING. basketball is in a great place, y’all – 11:53 AM

Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Only 3 players are averaging more points a night this postseason than Jimmy Butler
Luka Doncic
Nikola Jokic (smaller sample size)
Giannis Antetokounmpo – 11:52 AM

Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
Denver fans: you’re not out here defending Jokic’s MVPs any more, right? He’s got two of them. People trying to delegitimize Jokic’s MVPs are like Steph deniers saying his rings are fake. Jokic is immortal at 27, and a ring at any time now puts him in the pantheon. Don’t sweat it – 11:16 AM

Justin Garcia @tmjgarcia
Congrats to Nikola Jokic who now joins the exclusive club of ‘no matter how much better your numbers and record is the next few years, you’re not winning this award ever again’ players – 10:57 AM

Stephen Noh @StephNoh
For the anti-analytics crowd, Nikola Jokic is still a deserving MVP using only eye test and basic box score stats.…10:39 AM

Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
Forget analytics.
Nikola Jokic is also the Eye Test MVP.
Here’s why 👇…10:31 AM

John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Added some thoughts on Jokic’s MVP win here:…10:22 AM

Chris Dempsey @chrisadempsey
What this ultimately means is the conversation around #Nuggets star Nikola Jokic will shift now to where he fits into the all-time greats a) at his position; b) overall. The most fascinating conversation will be how he’s impacted the league, in particular in how teams use centers – 10:11 AM

Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic to be crowned NBA MVP again…10:05 AM

Shandel Richardson @ShandelRich
Jokic over Embiid? Embiid has certainly looked like an MVP in Heat vs. Sixers series:…10:03 AM

Maurice Brooks @MauriceABrooks
Joker > @Joel Embiid 🤔 – 9:54 AM

Lori Nickel @LoriNickel
Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic to be named NBA MVP for second consecutive season… via @usatoday from @Jeff Zillgitt9:49 AM

Michael Singer @msinger
After Game 5, I asked Joker how he’d celebrate if he won another MVP.
“With some music and beer. … Like how you supposed to do.” AM

Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic wins NBA MVP award for second straight season, per report…9:38 AM

Jake Madison @NOLAJake
The NBA needs to define its award criteria better, but Jokic winning is totally fine – 9:38 AM

Michael Singer @msinger
The news reached Serbia: Nikola Jokic learned he’d be the MVP earlier today, I’m told. – 9:37 AM

Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
Gotta have a truly ridiculous season to get back-to-back MVPs and Nikola Jokic did that. Here’s hoping Murray and Porter Jr. can be healthy so they can contend next season. – 9:32 AM

Christos Tsaltas @Tsaltas46
Serbian basketball has one of the most influential players in the Euroleague (Vasilije Micic), the most fascinating player in EuroCup (Milos Teodosic) and the back to back MVP in the NBA (Nikola Jokic). It’s a good time for Serbian basketball definitely. #Euroleague #NBA759:30 AM

Michael Singer @msinger
That’s *two-time* MVP Nikola Jokic.
The formal announcement is expected later this week, I’m told.…9:28 AM

David Thorpe @coachthorpe
A reminder that my award picks were not predictions, just my own views. I had Herro, Barnes, Smart, Jokic as winners. And Udoka for COY. Which means I’m in the mainstream with what I saw. I don’t predict award winners. – 9:27 AM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Report: Nikola Jokic wins 2021-22 NBA MVP…9:20 AM

TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
If Nikola Jokic averages 25-12-6 for the rest of his career on top of back to back MVPs, his place in basketball history is going to become fascinating with or without a title.
Could he finish as a top-20 player ever? Top-15? His trajectory for being just 27 years old is insane. – 9:10 AM

Jorge Sierra @hoopshype
Nikola Jokic is the rightful NBA MVP. – 9:07 AM

Matt Williams @StatsWilliams
Nikola Jokic this season (with team rank):
PPG: 27.1 (1st)
RPG: 13.8 (1st)
APG: 7.9 (1st)
Stl PG: 1.5 (1st)
Blk PG: 0.9 (1st)
FG pct: 58% (1st)
The Nuggets were +444 when he was on the floor and -255 when he was off this season. – 9:06 AM

Chris Palmer @ChrisPalmerNBA
Nikola Jokic wins the 2022 NBA MVP. Back-to-back. Legend. – 9:05 AM

Michael Singer @msinger
Nikola Jokic has won a second consecutive MVP, league source confirms to @denverpost. – 9:04 AM

Jordan McRae @JordyMac52
Not mad joker won it. Kinda wanted to see Joel win it though. – 8:58 AM

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
ESPN Sources: Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic voted the NBA’s MVP for a second consecutive season…8:57 AM

StatMuse @statmuse
Centers in NBA history with multiple MVPs:
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Bill Russell
Wilt Chamberlain
Moses Malone
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Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
Nikola Jokic gets the award for the second straight year…8:51 AM

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic has been voted the NBA’s Most Valuable Player for a second consecutive season, sources tell ESPN. A formal announcement is expected this week. – 8:38 AM

Kevin Chouinard @KLChouinard
Right there is the difference in the MVP race:
Jokic had to foul Markieff to send him across the floor the way Embiid just did cleanly. – 10:01 PM

More on this storyline

Rich Hoffman: Joel Embiid: Congrats to Nikola, he deserved it… There’s no right or wrong.” Then brought up Bill Simmons’ comments on Jalen Green and said that he didn’t like them, wondered about the media votes and said he won’t care about awards anymore. -via Twitter @rich_hofmann / May 11, 2022

Justin Grasso: Doc Rivers said he was “obviously disappointed” hearing that Joel Embiid is not expected to win MVP. “I don’t know if a guy could’ve done more than he did this year,” he added #Sixers -via Twitter @JGrasso_ / May 10, 2022

Rich Hoffman: Doc Rivers on the MVP race: “I do think this whole analytic-driven society, world is out of control at times with some of the measures that they use. Like, watch the dang game and decide is what I’ve always said.” Full quote below. -via Twitter @rich_hofmann / May 10, 2022

Source: Yahoo Sports


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