Joel Embiid had one of the best games of his career last night. His 59 points carried the Sixers to a win over the Jazz in the second half of a back-to-back. And to discuss that performance, “The Best Show Ever?” talked to Keith Pompey of the Philly Inquirer. They discussed Embiid’s big night, the struggles of the bench, the absence of James Harden, and more. See what Keith Pompey had top say about the Embiid’s performance below.
On Joel Embiid’s 59-point night
“Joel Embiid is arguably the best center in the league… So these types of performances we are used to. The thing about it that makes it so much better is if Joel had 55 points, they would have lost the game. If Joel would have had maybe 5 blocks instead of 7, they would have lost the game. It was like he willed his team to win. And they did. So I think that makes it extra special, just because they needed all of that too win the game on both sides of the floor.”
On The Struggles of the Sixers’ bench
“The Sixers had 83 shots. 64 of those shot attempts came from Joel Embiid, Tyrese Maxey, and Tobias Harris. I used to always complain about the bench, but it just seems the ball movement isn’t really there… There were some guys who were wide open, and they just weren’t getting looks. You look at the box score and you say to yourself what happened to this dude? How come he didn’t produce? But when you realize they played 11 guys, and 8 of those guys had to share 19 shot attempts. That’s not a lot at all. They have to get the bench more involved, in order to be more successful.”
Listen to the full interview with Keith Pompey about Embiid’s big night below…