Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid said that in the 131-123 victory over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night, his main performance was against Rudy Gobert. Cheer for the game.
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“As we saw tonight, it seems I am very, very scared of him,” Embiid said, his voice dripping with mockery. “So yes, keep talking.
“But facing him, one of my goals is to be the defensive player of the year at the same time. So, you know, when you face these types of players, he is an excellent player, and you know, he is in his The team did not appear on the statistics table… but when you pitted against those guys, you know, it brought other benefits to my game.
“I want to monopolize. Head. On the offensive end, but mainly on the defensive end, because that is the goal I set at the beginning of the year… These are the duels you want to play, just dominate the head in the game and prove to everyone , As a team, we have an excellent team, in terms of personal ranking and content, you should be there personally.”
Embiid is the difference between the two ends of Philadelphia. The Jazz defeated the 76ers 76-24 on the three-point line, and Embiid continued his season tour’s offense against the foul line-he scored 13 points himself, and the Jazz teamed up with 19 points. , This is one of the causes of this situation. Jazz star Donovan Mitchell (Donovan Mitchell) was kicked out. After the game, many Utah players criticized the officials. Embiid was also everywhere on the defensive end, repeatedly destroying Gaubert’s lob at the basket, and stopped Mitchell’s driving in one game, only to immediately jump back and prevent Gaubert’s dunk attempt.
But for Embiid, after the 76ers withdrew from the playoffs in the first-round sweep of the Boston Celtics, he lacked the respect he had in the trials last season. This has always been the way he talked about returning publicly. The source of motivation for the preseason.
However, he was particularly picky about Gobert, which made him feel frustrated because he was selected as his third NBA center of the year.
“I agree that Anthony Davis is better than me,” Embiid told MacMullan in December. “[Nikola] Jokic? This is worth discussing… But Rudy Gobert?No offense, but he [averaged] 15 [points] And 13 [rebounds] I am 23 and 12 years old, and that is a big difference. I think my numbers are better. But people don’t want to vote for me because our team is not performing well.
“It doesn’t matter, because I will use it to motivate me, so it is impossible for anyone to make this mistake again.”
When asked whether Wednesday’s game had no effect on him, he did not try to hide it.
“It’s fair,” Embiid said. “But what inspires me is to win the game. If you don’t win the game, then when it comes to the Defensive Player of the Year and MVP and all these things, you won’t be part of the conversation. That’s the first thing. I want to win. This is what I care about.
“The past is the past. Unfortunately, what happened when I was not there last year… This year has played a huge role in my mentality, just to disrupt my path. I’m fighting against my opponents and there are many great players every night. They are really good at what they do. But whether I need to do it defensively or offensively, this is what I want to do.”
Embiid will host the All-Star Game in Atlanta on Sunday. His best season of his career was relaxed and relaxed, averaging 30.2 points, 11.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. He is one of the main contenders for the MVP award because Philadelphia entered the All-Star break by leading the Brooklyn Nets at halftime and won the best record in the Eastern Conference.
However, after the last few games, Embiid has repeatedly stated that he is more interested in winning the Defensive Player of the Year than in the MVP-but, to be fair, he will not refuse if he wins in the end. This honor.
Despite Embiid’s multiple statements on Wednesday that teammate Ben Simmons deserves to stand out in the defensive award-speaking before the game, 76ers coach Doc Rivers said he thinks Simmons ) Should be more popular than Gebert-Embiid said that he is focused on winning honors because he has been aiming for it since he entered the NBA.
Embiid said: “When I entered the league, I never thought I would perform so well on the offensive end.” “I have always focused on the defensive end, and this has always been my goal of winning. It’s great to do this. But like I said, this has always been the focus of my entry into the league. Obviously scoring and offense have taken over.
“I keep repeating the same thing-if you don’t win, you won’t be able to participate in these conversations. Now, we are winning, we are No. 1 in the East, we beat the best team in the league. I got a group of outstanding performances. teammate. [Sixers teammate Tobias Harris], That’s why I want him to be an All-Star, because you see on a night like tonight, he is dominant in overtime. And, as a team, we just played well together, we moved the ball, and our defense was also very good. “