Philadelphia 76ers star center Joel Embiid found out that he finished second in the NBA MVP voting immediately ahead of his team’s Game 2 outing against the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference semifinals Tuesday evening.
Embiid was questionable heading into the game due to a torn meniscus he’s in his left knee. Obviously, the All-Star was not going to miss Tuesday night's game after Philadelphia dropped Game 1 despite him scoring 39 points.
In what was a must-win game for Embiid and his Sixers at home Tuesday night, one of the best centers of the modern era more than stepped up. Philadelphia turned a two-point halftime lead into a blowout 118-102 victory, largely due to Embiid’s otherworldly performance.
The NBA MVP runnerup scored a playoff career-high 40 points on 13-of-25 shooting while grabbing 13 rebounds in a virtuoso overall performance en route to helping Philly even the series at one heading to Atlanta for Game 3.
It was a much-needed performance for Embiid with fellow “star” Ben Simmons scoring just four points on 2-of-3 shooting in yet another ugly offensive outing for the point forward. Those watching the game at home had their reactions.
defending embiid with gallinari might as well be fighting godzilla with a shovel and some bottle rockets.— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) June 9, 2021
I'll say it AGAIN: Give me Embiid over Jokic any day or night.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) June 9, 2021
SIXERS WIN— Barstool Philly (@BarstoolPhilly) June 9, 2021
Embiid drops a playoff career high of 40
PLAY THE SONG!pic.twitter.com/86qtX0eUTQ
Joel Embiid takes a seat, to raucous MVP chants.— Lauren Rosen (@LaurenMRosen) June 9, 2021
40 PTS / 13 REB / 2 AST / 2 STL / 1 BLK
Joel Embiid new playoff career high— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) June 9, 2021
Joel Embiid is just the fourth player in team history with at least 39 in consecutive playoff games. Iverson (2001), Doc (1977) and Wilt (1967) are the others.— Ed Barkowitz (@edbarkowitz) June 9, 2021
Joel Embiid, playing on a torn meniscus in his knee, has gone for 39 & 9 in Game 1 and now 40 & 13 in Game 2 against Atlanta.— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) June 9, 2021