Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid did not score a single point in their loss to the Toronto Raptors on Monday. It’s the first time that it occurred in his NBA career, and he never thought that it would happen.
After the game, Embiid acknowledged the fact that a player will have some good games and some bad games. Monday night was an especially horrendous night for the Sixers All-Star, though
“It starts with me. I can’t have this type of production,” Embiid said, per Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun. “I would have never thought that I would be here, talking about zero points in an NBA game, but here’s what it is. Some nights you make shots, some nights you don’t. Some nights you’re hot, some nights you’re cold”
He also applauded the effort of the Raptors defenders, as well as the defensive packages employed by the coaching staff.
Embiid was 0-of-11 from the field and 0-of-3 from the free-throw line and committed five fouls and four turnovers. He did, however, snag 13 rebounds. Prior to Monday, Embiid had never scored fewer than five points in his career.
Other Sixers players picked up the slack. Josh Richardson dropped 25 points, Tobias Harris had 18, Al Horford had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebound, and Ben Simmons had 10 points, nine rebounds and 14 assists. But clearly, their efforts were not enough to outclass the defending champions.
Rising star Pascal Siakam impressed for the Raptors with 25 points and seven rebounds, while Fred VanVleet dropped 24 points and eight assists.
The Sixers will host the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday. Hopefully, Embiid will have his scoring mojo back by then.