(CTN News) – On Sunday night, there was much speculation as to whether Joel Embiid would play for the Philadelphia 76ers against the Utah Jazz.
The big man played a season-high 40 minutes on Saturday, so Sunday’s matchup seemed like a suitable opportunity to rest up, especially since he has been dealing with a shoulder issue and tweaked his ankle in the win over the Atlanta Hawks.
Though Joel Embiid indicated he would monitor his ankle condition, which caused uncertainty regarding his playing status against the Jazz, he warmed up with the intention of playing on Sunday. Yes, the All-Star big man was in the starting lineup and was off to a hot start.
Embiid remained on the floor throughout the entire first quarter under the guidance of Sixers head coach Doc Rivers. Due to the Jazz’s lead on the scoreboard, Embiid was carrying his team offensively as he scored 13 points on 4-9 shooting from the field and 5-6 from the free-throw line.
After taking a few minutes to rest, Embiid played another six minutes before halftime. The star center continued to excel from the field as he scored 11 points on 4-5 shooting from the field. Embiid and the Sixers lost 57-51 to the Jazz despite having 24 points at halftime.
After the game, Joel Embiid stated, “We were down by a point.
In order to win, I had to be more aggressive.”
On Sunday night, Joel Embiid did not take the task of obtaining a victory lightly. For the final seven minutes of the third quarter, Embiid threw up six shots from the field, draining four of them and scoring nine more points.
As a result of Embiid’s offensive contributions in the first three quarters of the game, the Sixers were tied with the Jazz at the end of the third quarter. At the start of the final quarter, Joel Embiid had 33 points, which is not unusual for him.
In spite of this, he had an outstanding final quarter.
In the fourth quarter on Sunday, Embiid played for all but 57 seconds after taking a breather. During his 15 attempts to make free throws, the big man was able to score 12 points off of 15 attempts.
In addition to his foul shots, Embiid was highly efficient from the field, hitting all but one of his eight attempts. Embiid scored 26 of Philadelphia’s 27 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Sixers defeat Utah 105-98.
When asked about how he felt during the fourth quarter, Embiid responded, “It’s fun.” However, Embiid noted, “One thing I always remember: ‘Don’t get too high, don’t get too low.’ People always make the shots I take.” I will miss them some nights.
It is just a matter of being pleased that they have entered. In any case, as I mentioned earlier, my teammates knew who had the hot hand, and they simply had to feed me. In the fourth quarter, I thought I made the right decision when I was double-teamed. As a team, we achieved our goal.”
As the star of both teams on Sunday night, Joel Embiid recorded a new career-high with 59 points. In spite of this, the starting center does not wish to take credit for the victory on his own.