Sixers’ Joel Embiid says he ‘doesn’t give a damn about The Process’
The normally wisecracking Joel Embiid wasn’t in the mood to deliver quips after the Philadelphia 76ers was sent packing by the Toronto Raptors in their hotly-contested Game 7 Eastern Conference Semi-Finals matchup by a Kawhi Leonard game-winner.
When asked by a media personality about how “The Process” is doing right now with regards to his health, stamina, and perhaps how he’s grown as a player up to this point, the Sixers center replied dismissively.
embiid: "i dont give a damn about the process and no im not tired" pic.twitter.com/ZWU845QzrE
— Drew Corrigan (@Dcorrigan50) May 13, 2019
The Cameroonian played an astounding amount of minutes on the deciding game, being on the floor for 45 minutes – easily eclipsing his 35 minutes each on Game 6 and Game 4. That’s quite a lot for a player who has a laundry list of injuries and is battling an illness, prompting the media to raise the question about where he’s currently at mentally and physically.
Despite the Game 3 explosion wherein the 7-foot Sixer tallied 33 points, 10 rebounds, five blocks, and converted 12 out of 13 free throws, his averages across the board the entire series were largely disappointing by the standards of a player who once boasted to be the ‘most unstoppable’. Sure enough, the 17.5 points, eight rebounds, three assists, and two blocks per night in the entire seven-game series, paled in comparison to his eight-game average the previous year.
Embiid doesn’t have much to improve in his already dominant all-around game and it’s only a question of whether the big man could string together a consistent set of games and be healthy, as he continues his successive campaigns to the postseason.