Philadelphia 76ers star heart Joel Embiid put collectively over the Atlanta Hawks. His 49 factors have been a profession excessive and he completely dominated the paint all through the night. Following the sport, Embiid was requested about his current feedback about declaring himself the “greatest participant on the earth.” Embiid claimed that remark was blown out of proportion and he simply believed that he “deserved” to be within the dialog for being the league’s prime participant.
“What I mentioned was that All-Star Sport fourth quarter, I am on the market with a few of the guys which can be thought of the perfect gamers on the earth, and I am on the market simply dominating, being unstoppable, doing no matter I need, particularly within the publish,” Embiid said. “So to me, I simply felt like that was an opportunity for me to show that I deserved being in that dialog of being the greatest participant on the earth.”
Embiid actually confirmed that he does belong in that dialog after pouring in certainly one of his greatest outings of the season in opposition to the Hawks. Nevertheless, the Sixers star nonetheless would not imagine that it rivals his efficiency in opposition to the Los Angeles Lakers again in 2017 when he scored 46 factors, grabbed 15 rebounds, dished out seven assists and registered seven blocks.
“It’ll take loads to beat that,” Embiid mentioned. “I imply 46, 15 rebounds, seven assists and 7 blocks. That was fairly good,” he mentioned. “However I obtained a vivid future in entrance of me. I am gonna carry on working laborious and maintain making an attempt to get higher each single day.”
There actually was just a little little bit of controversy late within the sport. Embiid grabbed a Hawks miss and introduced the ball throughout halfcourt with the intention of dribbling out the clock. Nevertheless, Hawks guard Kevin Huerter had different concepts as he stole the ball from Embiid when the star was casually dribbling it.
Following the steal, Embiid was seen flipping the bird at Huerter because the Hawks regained possession.
“There was 24 seconds left within the sport, and I used to be enjoying,” Huerter instructed ESPN. “He introduced the ball up court docket. He was pumping up crowd earlier than that, doing all of the stuff he often does, and he wasn’t wanting; so I went up and took the ball and obtained one other possession. If he did it, I do not assume that warrants that, however it’s what it’s.”
Embiid did carry the play up throughout his postgame interview with NBC Sports Philadelphia.
“I additionally need to ask for forgiveness for what I did on the finish of the sport,” Embiid mentioned. “Y’all most likely noticed that on TV. I am sorry”
Embiid’s antics actually all the time appear to fire up some controversy and Monday was no completely different. Regardless, his efficiency was actually one for the ages.