MIAMI – Joel Embiid never sleeps well. He is by nature a night owl. And since he moved to the US ( just seven years ago! ), he has come up with the bad habit of playing video games much too late. This is not a hobby. Embiid once admitted that he thinks he might be "addicted" to video games because his competitiveness keeps flowing and needs to go somewhere.
In his first three injury-prone seasons in the league, every night was spent destroying everyone's game. Imagine how restless he lasted for the past three weeks with a broken orbital bone and a concussion after running into Markelle Fultz's shoulder on March 28th.
After four years under head coach Brett Brown miserable losers, the Philadelphia 76ers were home in the playoffs, and Embiid could only watch and look around the yard. The only thing that calmed him down and made him sleep at night was watching his team continue the 1
"It was hard, but not so painful, because I knew we would win," Embiid told ESPN after scoring 23 points in the Sixers 128-108 win against Miami Heat on Thursday night to win a 2: "But when we lost, I was like, 'No, it's time to come back."
He left the arena after Matchday 2 in Philadelphia, firing off the now-infamous Instagram story and saying he was tired of being "babied." His phone exploded immediately, the Sixers shrugged, "Joel Embiid." He always wants to play, and now he's used to his frustrations.
He spent two days with his trainer, Drew Hanlen, and the Sixers team is trying to come back as soon as possible e in Philadelphia had been electric. He'd promised them the playoffs, and when Embiid says that, he likes to do it himself. This is not only the key to trash-talking but also the key to Embiid.
It makes him make other people work. He trolls on social media so he has to answer for it in the field.
"I like playing on the street and calming the crowd," he said with a grin. I think my stats are better on the road than at home, which is crazy. "
But that's Embiid's advantage, and it has also become the fringes of Philadelphia, and in his postgame interview with TNT, he even has the idea of going to the NBA finals this season.
" Our goal is going to the finals, so we have a pretty good chance, "he told TNT." We have the talent. "
That's what we expect from Embiid, say it, then make it right again, it's his To challenge himself and his team, despite their inexperience, to live up to his immense talent, without him the Sixers were still a special team, but Miami has revealed something in Game 2. Without Embiid, the Sixers will not have that advantage , experienced team can push them around.
While Joel Embiid's Miami Kelly Oynyk falls down, Joel Embiid's mask falls off and Justise Winslow steps on it.
With him? Explaining to us Embiid.
"I will be a nightmare for them "Embiid said in his post-game media conference.
"I love this moment I love to be physical I love to attack love contact, so I felt like they needed me this way"
They did. From the very beginning, the heat seemed determined to test the protective mask that plagued the Sixers, Embiids surgeons, and a group of independent league physicians over the past ten days. Embiid had several breaks in his sacral bone, according to several sources. And it was his second career fracture in this area of his face, so that all physicians involved found that the risk of the jury in Embiids case was particularly high.
The Sixers spent quite a lot of time and money developing a mask that could face the pressure of a physical NBA game. According to sources, tests were carried out at the University of Pennsylvania to ensure that the mask Embiid wore in Iron Man in year 3 would protect him.
"You [the Sixers] have done everything possible," Embiid told ESPN. "They were like throwing things on it to make sure it could stand it."
Embiid's agent, Leon Rose, even consulted former client Richard Hamilton, a long-time masked man, on the keys to match the game with a mask.
"[Hamilton] told us it would get better because you feel better protected," said Embiid ESPN.
In other words, the mask could be uncomfortable and sweaty and annoying, but if you trust the heat of the battle, it can make you more fearless.
What Embiid always prefers to play, much to the eternal grief and delight of Philadelphia's fans.
According to ESPN Stats & Information Research, Thursday night was the 11th time this season Embiid was fouled 10 times in one game. The only other player to do so more often is Anthony Davis of New Orleans Pelicans All-Star
"They've done everything they can to get me out," Embiid laughed at ESPN as he spoke to his locker sat after the game. "But they can not protect me."
Joel Embiid makes an impressive return from the injury by sinking a 3-pointer with James Johnson's hand in his face.
This is the kind of bulletin board quote Embiid became famous for in his short NBA career.
And he just started. About 20 minutes later, at his postgame media conference, Embiid said, okay:
" I feel like the best defensive player in the league. "
" I could see their faces, though You make that kind of shot, the guys on the other end, they just go like "Ugh" and that's good, if you see that in their faces, that's good. "
" It's basketball, it's always good "I think we were 18 or 20 and if you can increase the lead to 22, I think that's good. I like tricking teams like us. We are not here to make friends. We're here to win. "A series."
Embiid left the podium smiling. He said a lot, and he wants to support it.