Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds in his first game back in nearly a month. He mentioned “rust” but that didn’t stop the home crowd from chanting “MVP, MVP, MVP” every time he touched the rock.
The NBA MVP from the first half of the season admitted that it was a scary situation when he first hurt his knee on March 12. Embiid thought he was headed for surgery as he lay in Washington writhing on the floor and gripping his left knee. Luckily, the doctors called it a “deep bone bruise.”
“I thought my season was done. The pain, how bad it was hurting, I just knew it was something worse than what we saw after,” Embiid told reporters after the Sixers beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 122-113 on Saturday. “I was just crying and asking myself: ‘Why me? Why does it always happen to me?’ When everything seems to be going well with the team and myself, something always has to happen, and I’m glad that it wasn’t anything bad.”
“He told us he didn’t want to dunk today, and then he went out there and dunked with two hands.” -Tobias Harris on Joel Embiid
— Noah Levick (@NoahLevick) April 4, 2021
Embiid had been questionable right up until tip-off on Saturday and the Sixers are taking a game-by-game approach with their valuable big man. Head coach Doc Rivers preached caution and wouldn’t commit to Embiid suiting up tonight versus the Memphis Grizzlies. He’s likely to be a game-time decision for a second straight night.
“It’s going to take a while to get back to myself,” Embiid said. “But my body feels great, obviously game shape is different than how your body feels.”
24 PTS | 8 REB | 3 BLK
It was good to see the big fella back in action again.
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) April 4, 2021
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