Joel Embiid addressed a shocking issue in Game 6

Joel Embiid addressed a shocking issue in Game 6
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When the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals and returned home for Game 6, it looked like they were on their way to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time. since 2001.

But they fell behind by a large margin on Thursday, fought back and collapsed in critical time, losing 95-86, and now there is a sense of impending doom around the team.

League MVP Joel Embiid had a decent 26 points in Game 6, but he didn’t touch the ball for almost the last four minutes of the game, and it’s shocking his teammates didn’t couldn’t give him the rock when the contest was in progress. decided.

Embiid had his best season yet, averaging 33.1 points per game on 54.8% shooting while leading the league in scoring for the second straight year.

But he still sometimes suffers from the mysterious evil of not systematically imposing his physical will on his opponents.

With Embiid gone in Game 6, the Sixers now face the daunting task of winning a Game 7 in Boston, something opposing teams have rarely accomplished.

They’re hoping for a repeat of 1982, when the Julius Erving-led Sixers lost a potential Game 6 close at home, to shock everyone by running away with Game 7 at the old Boston Garden a year after blowing a 3-series -1. lead and fall in a classic Boston Game 7.

Then there’s the matter of Philly head coach Doc Rivers’ poor record in his last nine attempts to reach the conference finals.

It will likely take a Herculean effort from Embiid and his team to overcome this old Boston jinx and win Game 7 on the floor.

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