VIDEO: Sixers’ Joel Embiid goes from hero to zero in massive choke job vs. Hawks
With 14 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of Game 4 and the Hawks leading by only one, Embiid had the chance to retake the lead and give the Sixers the W. However, after receiving the pass from Tobias Harris and seeing quite an open lane to the rim, the Cameroonian center botched his layup to the frustration of the whole team.
Here’s the play in question, something that will definitely haunt the Sixers center for some time:
Embiid misses POINT BLANK.
Hawks ball 😳pic.twitter.com/OOZZbfALeZ
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) June 15, 2021
Making the shot would have been game-changing, especially since there is just a few seconds left after that. It would have been difficult for the Hawks to come back, even if Trae Young was on fire in the second quarter.
Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case, and Joel Embiid will certainly have a lot of regrets following the missed opportunity. After all, he was a non-factor in the second half and actually went 0-of-12 in the final 24 minutes of play. Yikes!
Embiid started off hot and finished the first half with 13 points and 10 rebounds despite having to leave at one point to get some treatment. While he ended up grabbing 21 rebounds, his absence on the offensive end proved critical as the Hawks staged a comeback.
Of course, Embiid is not the only one to blame for the massive collapse. The Sixers led by as much as 18 points in the contest, but they failed to held on to their advantage. What’s worse, it came right after Embiid, Ben Simmons and Matisse Thybulle were named to the NBA All-Defensive Teams!
The Sixers will have a lot of reflecting to do after the Hawks tied the series at 2-2. They are still the favorites, but they can’t afford their big guns playing poorly.