MVP is back. However, defeat could not be prevented.
The Philadelphia 76ers lost 87-121 in a game against the Boston Celtics in the second round of the 2023 NBA playoffs held at Boston TD Garden on the 4th (Korean time).
Philadelphia won a valuable first win in the last game with James Harden’s one-man show. It was meaningful because it was a win in the absence of ace and season MVP Joel Embiid. Embiid was also scheduled to appear in the second game. But Philadelphia kept its head down.
Philadelphia was beaten by Boston 바카라사이트 with 20 3-pointers and exposed its disappointing perimeter defense. The attack didn’t work out either. Philadelphia had a team field shooting success rate of 39.2% (31/79) and a team 3-point shooting success rate of only 20.0% (6/30) that day. In the end, Philadelphia faced a complete loss and allowed the series to be 1-1.
Embiid was also not in my condition. Embiid recorded 15 points, 3 rebounds and 5 blocked shots on the day. He attempted an average of 20.1 field goals this season, and threw only nine field goals that day.
Embiid reflected on his performance in an interview after the match.
“I wasn’t that aggressive today. I wasn’t myself. This game is a step towards getting back to myself,” Embiid explained.
Philadelphia head coach Doc Rivers also said, “I thought Joel Embiid was off the rhythm a few times. Our team was out of the rhythm too. But we expected that. We knew Embiid was going to have growing pains. Today, these growing pains. I’m glad I got rid of it,” he said.
Embiid has been sidelined for a while due to a knee injury. He made a comeback that day, but his knee injury still persists.
Embiid said, “I knew we would be away for four to six weeks. We wouldn’t be in 100% shape. But I think it’s okay. We’ve played a lot of games. We took a chance and we have to take advantage of this opportunity.” showed up
Game 3 between the two teams will be held in Philadelphia on the 6th. Philadelphia fans are hoping Embiid will get back to MVP form this series.