Sixers’ Joel Embiid works out of double team with nifty footwork vs. Celtics
Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid is off to an impressive start on the year, and he keeps making nifty plays against nearly every team. The Sixers and the Boston Celtics face off Friday night in an Eastern Conference heavyweight fight in Philadelphia, and Embiid is giving it his all to come out on top.
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The Celtics tried double-teaming Embiid near the rim, but the Sixers big man used his crafty footwork to escape the double and score the layup as he somehow got past Tristan Thompson and Grant Williams.
Embiid is averaging a tad more than 26 points a game to go with 11 boards and a career-high 54% mark from the field.
While Doc Rivers’ squad has had their fair share of COVID-19 issues this season, Embiid has done his part in leading this squad to the top of the Eastern Conference and this is only the beginning.
The Sixers currently have a two-game lead over the Celtics for the top seed in the East, and Embiid is one of the early NBA MVP candidates as he continues to impress with plays like this on a nightly basis, which is a rarity for guys of his size.
If Embiid and the rest of the Sixers can continue to play at the level they are early on, they could be heading for a trip to the NBA Finals in their first season with Doc Rivers running the show.