And then on Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center, Embiid was a world-destroying super-villain, scoring baskets and collecting fouls inside the paint, draining shots from beyond the three-point line, and punctuating the Sixers' Game 3 win with a mix of blocks, dunks and taunts that sent the Philly fans into bedlam. If you see me smile, that means I'm doing what I'm supposed to do. If he were to get a flagrant two, he would have to sit out Games 1 and 2.
Outside of his 33-point showing in Game 3, Embiid has scored a total of 52 points in the other four games. "They got the moment and I think he got it as much as anybody and led us".
"I've got to go back to Game 3, the same energy, got to have fun".
"Game is simple. I shoot the ball when I'm open", Butler said. I thought those two things, amongst all those comments I just made, are what stood out the most.
Jimmy Butler lived up to his Jimmy Buckets nickname.
(To be fair, they do not need much encouragement on this score.) Several of his 33 points came in eye-catching ways that are the essence of Embiid, and his unique spot in National Basketball Association stardom. The 25-year-old from Cameroon is a giant man who would not be out of place as a body double for the man-mountain Ser Gregor Clegane on "Game of Thrones". This time, Embiid's issues are diagnosed as an "upper respiratory infection.' It was unclear that Embiid was sick during his time out on the court on Sunday, but it was obvious that the Sixers" big man wasn't playing as well as he typically would.
Approximately 45 minutes before tip-off of Game 5 in Toronto, Joel Embiid walked out of the tunnel wearing a hoodie to begin his pregame warmups. He's had three games in which he averaged 13 points on less than 30 per cent shooting. Our backs were on the line tonight; I feel like our backs are still on the line. "If I've got to play 45 minutes and push myself out there, that's what I'll do". "He draws a lot of attention so for us we can make plays", Simmons said of Embiid. "I don't understand that", Brown said.