Body language can sometimes tell the story when a player is struggling. Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid wore a pained expression and slumped his shoulders a lot during the first month of the season.

Statistically, the Big Fella was dominating but not mentally. Now he has put everything together and returned to MVP form. Embiid dropped 32 points and grabbed 11 rebounds on Friday night against Milwaukee in a game where he focused less on scoring. He had 8 assists, including a sneaky dart to a cutting Shake Milton for an easy dunk with 1:47 left in the fourth quarter. That was the dagger the Sixers needed to kill off the Bucks.

“That’s how we should be playing. I should be more aggressive,” Embiid said. “I want the ball and not to score, to make sure I get everybody involved, my teammates. I believe that when I have the ball there’s so much attention created and I can make my teammates’ lives easier. It’s been like that for the past few games. It doesn’t matter when they come back. We just have to keep going.”

Joel Embiid’s last 5 games:

32 PTS, 11 REB, 8 AST, 3 BLK
59 PTS, 11 REB, 8 AST, 7 BLK, 68% FG
42 PTS, 10 REB, 6 AST, 2 BLK, 56% FG
26 PTS, 13 REB, 2 AST, 1 BLK, 50% FG
33 PTS, 10 REB, 5 AST, 1 BLK

MVP numbers.

— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) November 19, 2022

So, what changed between October and November?

“Nothing, it’s been the same,” Embiid said. “I started off the season I was fine, I just didn’t make shots. Going back to the Milwaukee game [October 20], I shot 6-of-21 from the field, I just wasn’t making shots. Obviously, just being more aggressive, wanting it more, wanting the ball and being aggressive about it, and trying to be a monster.”

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