Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid drew a path to the free throw line in a 117–109 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night, with Celtics guard Marcus Smart resenting the way the game ended.
Embiid made more free throws than the Celtics as a team and went 17-21 from the line with 13-of-20 for Boston. The Sixers completed a score of 36 -45 as a team.
“Can’t beat,” Smart said. “It’s hard to win that way.”
This is a difficult win, period, when Embiid – who finished with 42 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals – as he played against Boston, as he continued his case firmly in the race for the league that season. MVP Award through first month.
Whatever defender was thrown at him – be it Tristan Thompson, who started, or Daniel Thies, who stopped – Embiid made his way, scoring in double figures in the first three quarters and then scoring six in the final. . Seven minutes along with committing a crucial steal to help the Celtics overcome.
However, in part of that stretch, Embiid included making three trips to the foul line – trips Smart thought he had made, in part, by beautifying the contact.
“It’s tough,” Smart said. “It’s tough. Especially when we’ve raised our hands several times, and he fails and gets the call, and then at the other end we’re seeing our guys attacking the rim, a lot of contact. Happening, and we’re just not able to whistle. It’s hard to play that way. It’s tough.
“If the roles were reversed, I would do it every time. I mean, I’m going to the free throw line every time I throw my arms up or every time I’m touched.” This means that it is hard not to get into the rhythm in a way, when you throw 21 bullets alone and they allow you to hack at the other end.
“It’s tough, but we batted. The team did a good job. We were right there to win ourselves and will try to play it again on Friday.”
Embiid was informed of Smart’s comments during his postgame interview. Naturally, the elder had some ideas about how Smart viewed the game, indicating that Smart is well known for selling calls to executives.
“Marcus Smart told me I ran too much?” Embiid said. “Come on. I’m sure he knows himself, and he knows his game as well. He does a lot. And I think I do. I mean, if you watch basketball and if you are a There are students. During the game and if you really pay attention during the game, we all see. Every single foul, I faint. They probably don’t call them all, like the last one. Three. Minutes left, I went upstairs, and it was a foul and they knew it, but they didn’t call it. So there’s a lot that they don’t call, and there’s a lot they call because you have to. is.
“The game is physical. Other teams try to be extra physical against me. And I think I’m smarter than everyone else. I just take advantage of it. I just take advantage of how they Looking after me. ” Can say, I don’t know, basketball IQ, like if you’re going to put your hand there, I’m going to take advantage of it and I’m gonna get to the free throw line, because I know I’m a great free throw I am a shooter and this is a good chance for me to win the team under those conditions. “
What was clear on Wednesday was that even though one or two foul calls could be argued, Embiid was the dominant figure in the game. With Jason Tatum sitting out, the Celtics completed four players with at least 19 points: Jaylen Brown (26), Smart (25), Thies (23) and Kemba Walker (19 in just 22 minutes).
But despite that aggressive production, the Celtics could do nothing with Embiid all night. He used his size advantage to get a clean look after the basket one by one.
When Celtics coach Brad Stevens was asked about repeated attempts at Embiid’s charity strip, he said his team would have to do a better job of preventing them from going there.
Stevens said, “We’ve tried our best to play without fouls. I’ll go back and look at each one, understand what we can do better.” He is about to score some, but 42 is too much. When the team’s best player scores 42 points, it is difficult to win the game.
“You have to go back to how we can get better. Not only did he make those points, he handled the double pretty well with double digits on two occasions. He had a great impact on the game tonight and he was very good. “
Wednesday’s game was the second time in eight days when Embiid had 40 points at home against a fellow Eastern Conference power forward. He scored 45 points, including 35 points in the second half and overtime, against the Miami Heat on January 12.
Imbid played this season when Philadelphia won 10–2. Coach Doc Rivers and Embiid’s teammates later praised him.
“It’s definitely not for MVP-caliber [play], “Said Tobias Harris, who had 22 points.” After the night, he controls the game, controlling the paint.
“[He’s] One of the biggest things to be sure of, and one of the biggest things to do on the MVP year, is that we continue to maintain it even after the game, and we progress, even continuing to progress ourselves throughout this year Keep it. But I am happy for him because this is what he put in, and when you win, or succeed as a team, you definitely get that type of notoriety. “