Joel Embiid On The Shelf, As Sixers Win76ers, BREAKING NEWS, News Tuesday, January 31st, 2017
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It makes me realize and should also allow you to see that Embiid’s body is still adjusting to playing in the NBA. Remember that he’s been on the sidelines for two years and hasn’t taken on the full NBA schedule, yet. All of the jumping, running and cutting are stressful on the knees of a 7’2″ 280 pounder, who has been off for a couple of years.
I think the Sixers are doing the right thing by sitting the young fella down, but it also makes sense to not ship their other young big men anywhere until they’re sure, that they’re sure, that Embiid’s body will be able to survive and thrive during the NBA’s marathon seasons and playoffs.
We can’t get “AHEAD OF THE PROCESS”. Thirty or forty games does not a season make. Embiid has passed the talent test, but he hasn’t passed the DETERMINATION AND DURABILITY TESTS!!! You’ve got to not only be talented, but you have to driven as well as physically and mentally tough to be the man in the NBA.
The great ones like Dr. J, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and LeBron James all had tremendous talent, determination and durability. I’m not alarmed by the knee injury, but it should make us pause.
As for last night’s game, the 76ers did a great job of sharing the basketball, battling for rebounds and loose balls, while sticking the outside jumpers on the way to a 122 to 119 victory over DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings. Cousins was a monster, who nearly carried the visiting Kings to victory by living at the foul line. He made 20 out of 22 free throws and 11 out of 16 shots from the field, while scoring 46 points in an amazing performance. It all came to an end in the last minute to the game, when he fouled out a questionable call.
Still the Sixers had an answer for him when they got their hands on the basketball, especially in the 3rd quarter. Philly scored a season-high 42 points during that time span. All in all it was a good win.
Last night Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel shared time and helped the Sixers get a good win over Sacramento. Okafor was effective while he played, as he scored 15 points despite playing only 20 minutes.
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