A few weeks ago, I would have dreaded the upcoming game between the Sixers and Raptors. The word “blowout” would echo in my mind, as the Raptors are a seriously cohesive team. They may not be a great team, but they are an efficient team. And the word “efficient” is not what comes to mind when you think of the Sixers.
I do not feel that way about tonight’s game with the Raptors. The reason is Joel Embiid. Embiid is not just good. We all though that he would be good before the season started. He is exceeding all expectations, and he is getting better — especially on the defensive end of the court. With him in the middle, the Sixers are shutting down opposing teams who rely on slashing wings and guards getting into the paint. On the offensive end of the court, Embiid is starting to pass the ball, hitting the open man when he is double teamed.
This Liberty Ballers article by Welsey Share gets into the Embiid thing – and is worth a look see.
Go Sixers! I am looking forward to this one!