Philadelphia 76ers superstar Joel Embiid had a night to forget on Monday in Game 3. He finished with just 17 points and missed a potential game-winning layup late in the final period as the Sixers lost 103-100 to the Hawks.
It was clear that Embiid’s knee was bothering him, evident by an 0 for 12 performance in the second half. Meanwhile, Atlanta big man Clint Capela supposedly believes that he’s figured out the way to stop the Sixers center, per USA Today’s Dan Wolken:
Clint Capela on Joel Embiid: "Whenever you wear him out, everything becomes tougher for him. When the fatigue comes in, it's a different ballgame."
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) June 15, 2021
I mean, wouldn’t that be the case for any player? And to be fair, Embiid doesn’t usually get “worn out” when he’s 100% healthy. The Cameroonian is literally playing through a partially torn meniscus right now for the Sixers and yet, still averaging over 30 points in this series alone and 27.4 in the playoffs.
What’s even funnier by Capela’s comments is the fact that Embiid has been dominant when the Hawks big is guarding him. The former Kansas standout is shooting 54.5% (12 for 22) when Capela is the primary defender while collecting 25 points.
So, you know what this means. The Sixers are already going to be hungry to bounce back with a win on Wednesday but after Embiid hears these comments, you better believe he’s coming back with a vengeance.
Game 5 should be good.