Joel Embiid shot a shot in the face that even his mask couldn’t help him absorb. He fell on the field and stayed on the field in pain until he could calm down.
The Heat’s 35-point victory pushed them to the brink of a series victory. Embiid was completely devastated. his thumb. his eyes.
Add a scarred self.
NBA scoring champion Embiid is eager to award the MVP award to Denver’s Nikola Jokic for the second straight season. Embiid reached the MVP final for the second straight season, but again failed to capture the NBA’s regular-season top individual honor.
“That was two years in a row I put myself in that position,” Embiid said. “It didn’t happen. It’s almost like at this point, what it is. Last year, I campaigned for it. This year, when I was asked, I answered the question.
“In the next few years, until I retire, for me, I don’t know what else I have to do to win it. It doesn’t matter. It’s about focus, it’s not that I’m not focused on the bigger picture, and It’s really time to really put all my energy into the bigger picture, which is winning the whole game.”
Wait, retire in a few years?
Well, that’s the talk of the future, or at least the end of the season, and it could be on the Sixers as early as Thursday night. The Heat went 3-2 after winning Game 5.
Good news for the Sixers, Game 6 is at home.
bad? Percentages are not good for them. Teams in NBA history that won Game 5 with a 3-2 series lead ended up advancing 82.2 percent of the time.
Embiid and the Sixers — along with Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks in another game against the Phoenix Suns — look to avoid elimination and win Game 7 on Thursday Advance to the finals overnight.
The home team won both series. The Suns lost the Finals last season.
“At a certain point, it just came down to grit. Wanted,” Suns guard Chris Paul said.
Let’s see who wants it enough.
Miami Heat @ Philadelphia 76ers – Game 6 (Sky Sports Arena and Main Event, 12am, midnight, Thursday night)
– Key Notes: Blowout city. The Sixers lost Game 1 by 14, Game 2 by 16 and Game 3 by 35. oops. How low can they go if they lose to Miami again? If the Heat take an early double-digit lead, keep an eye on the Sixers. Will they let the game get out of hand or fight and force a Game 7?
– Closely: James Harden. “The Beard” put up a sensational Game 4 in Game 5, which was less the basis for the playoffs than an aberration during his brief tenure with the Sixers. Harden had 46 turnovers in the playoffs and a loss of 29 in Game 5.
– Pressure to open: Let’s flip a coin. Head, 76ers. Tails, 76ers. Hey, it’s the 76ers! If you lose, the season is over. Win, maybe, just maybe, a healthy Sixers team can win Game 7 on the road. After all, the Hawks did it against Philadelphia in the second round last season.
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