Anthony talked about the Sixers leapfrogging the Celtics for the 2-seed in his Opening Diatribe this morning…
What a weekend man. Flipping the Celtics! The Sixers’ torrid last 2/3rds of the season have just been outrageous. They continue to win. Two more over the weekend. And the Sixers have leapfrogged Boston for 2nd place in the Eastern Conference. A huge development when we are talking about home court, and a potential matchup with the Celtics in the 2nd round. The Sixers have been on fire. They have lost once over the last 10 games.
Now we can look at the Bucks. The Sixers are only 2.5 out against Milwaukee… And the MVP… he leapfrogged Jokic as the favorite. So much nonsense going on with that. He is playing great ball. I almost don’t want to get involved with the MVP, though he obviously deserves it. He is playing incredible ball. Great defense, rebounds, and blocked shots. He is doing it all. Friday night, it’s amazing watching him night in and night out. It’s an amazing treat to watch him play the game.
Harden is playing well. Maxey being back in the starting lineup has worked. They are playing terrific ball… To get this home court would be such a big deal against Boston. We all agree they match up better with the Bucks than Boston. But you get them at home, 4 out of 7. I think Wells Fargo matters. That home court matters. In this town, with this crowd, the way they respond to them, I think it works. I like the fact that you get 4 games here. And who knows, maybe you can leapfrog Milwaukee. You are only 2.5 out… I will settle for the 2 seed, and be ecstatic with the two seed behind the Bucks. I still think you can beat them without having home court. But I think you need home court vs Boston.
And you can listen to his full Opening Diatribe below…
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5 Numbers That Make the Case That Joel Embiid Should Win MVP
Two years ago Joel Embiid put on a crazy performance. Somehow it was not good enough to win MVP. Last year he played even better, becoming more efficient facing double teams. That still was not enough for him to win MVP. And now for a 3rd straight season, he is putting up historic numbers, while leading his team to a top seed in the competitive Eastern Conference. And it is starting to look like it may finally be enough to bring home the trophy for him. After Nikola Jokic was the odds-on favorite all season, Embiid has suddenly seen the odds flip to his favor. As I write this, Embiid is somewhere around -220 on most Sportsbooks to win MVP.
But now we have to deal with cries of sympathy votes for him getting MVP. Jokic stans and Nuggets fans are preemptively putting Embiid down. Clowns like George Karl and Gilbert Arenas are now trying to paint him as lazy. But none of their tears or their random made-up stats can change how great Embiid is. If Embiid is putting up performances like this, while being “lazy” then he must be the best player of All-Time. Because what he is doing this year is unbelievable. Embiid is without a doubt, the greatest basketball player on the face of this Earth right now. No one is doing the things he does.
And to prove it we are going to use the things Jokic fans love most. Numbers. Not their made-up stats like Raptor. No, real numbers that we can actually explain the meaning of. The eye test will never be enough for them. Because they don’t actually watch basketball to utilize the eye test. So I broke out my calculator to make the MVP case for Joel Embiid using their language. Stats. Here are 5 numbers that more than make the case that Joel Embiid is the MVP.