Embiid Blazes Back: 83 Points in 3 Games Leads Sixers Charge Getty

Embiid Blazes Back: 83 Points in 3 Games Leads Sixers Charge

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Basketball

April 8th, 2024

While the Memphis Grizzlies honored Marc Gasol with a jersey retirement ceremony, another NBA force, Joel Embiid, stole the show with a dominant performance in a 96-116 Philadelphia victory with his 83 points in 84 minutes. Embiid's return from knee surgery has been nothing short of remarkable, and this game was another testament to his immense talent.

Embiid Heats Up And Scores 83 Points in Just 84 Minutes

Gasol, a champion alongside Kawhi Leonard with the Toronto Raptors in 2019, was a rare defender who could contain Embiid's offensive firepower. However, with Gasol retired, the Grizzlies were left vulnerable. Embiid, playing just 23 minutes, unleashed a ferocious attack, pouring in 30 points (7/11 shooting, 2/2 threes, and 10/13 free throws). He added 12 rebounds, an assist, and two blocks for good measure.

This outing marked a continuation of Embiid's scorching return. In his first three games back, Embiid has amassed a staggering 83 points in a mere 84 minutes. He previously dropped 24 points in 29 minutes against the Thunder and 29 points in 33 minutes versus the Heat. The Sixers have emerged victorious in all three contests with Embiid leading the charge.

"I'm still a little off," Embiid humbly admitted after the game. "I just have to get used to the rhythm again." But his teammates and coaches are clearly in awe of his post-surgery production. "We're working him back," said coach Nick Nurse, emphasizing a cautious approach with his star player.

Embiid's Return Bolsters Sixers' Playoff Push

With four games remaining in the regular season, the Sixers currently sit at eighth place with a 43-35 record. However, the Eastern Conference playoff picture is tight, with the Miami Heat (43-34), Indiana Pacers (44-34), New York Knicks, and Orlando Magic (45-32) all within striking distance. Embiid's return to peak form makes avoiding the Play-In Tournament a realistic possibility.

"We don't care," Embiid declared regarding playoff seeding. "We just want to play good basketball, win, and get a good rhythm. If the guys are healthy, wherever we fall, we'll be fine."

While the night belonged to Embiid, the Grizzlies witnessed a bright spot in the debut of Scotty Pippen Jr., son of NBA legend Scottie Pippen. Pippen Jr. notched 24 points (including two three-pointers) along with rebounds, assists, and steals, showcasing his potential for the future.

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