There’s a lot to love about Joel Embiid: his MVPish talent and production, his sense of humor, his dedication to Sam Hinkie and the remnants of The Process, his obvious love affair with the fans.
There’s also his knack for picking out an opponent and tormenting them. On Monday, it was John Collins’s turn in the JoJo blender.
The main event was Alex Len biting on an Embiid pump fake at the three-point line, which released JoJo to drive the lane. Collins, a good teammates, slid in on help defense but really got caught in no man’s land. Embiid jumped over and through him for a monster dunk.
And then, content not just to get a poster on every smartphone screen on the Atlantic seaboard, he gave Collins a Toinesque shimmy.
Joel Embiid slam and shimmy on John Collins (3 angles) pic.twitter.com/J6221VFYPC— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) October 29, 2019
Some people are just born showmen. That’s Joel Embiid, always here to entertain us.
The Philadelphia 76ers are 3-0.
Pacers 94, Pistons 96
Bulls 98, Knicks 105
Sixers 105, Hawks 103
Magic 95, Raptors 104
Thunder 112, Rockets 116
Cavaliers 112, Bucks 129
Warriors 134, Pelicans 123
Blazers 110, Spurs 113
Jazz 96, Suns 95
Nuggets 101, Kings 94
Hornets 96, Clippers 111
All times ET. Games on League Pass unless otherwise noted.
Hawks at Heat, 7:30 p.m., NBA TV
Mavericks at Nuggets, 9 p.m.
Grizzlies at Lakers, 10:30 p.m., NBA TV
Kings got jobbed on a non-call late but Luke Walton had already (successfully) used his challenge. I’m wondering if coaches should just save their challenges for crunch time in all cases.
Kyle Lowry isn’t taking the season off. Making me doubt my Magic No. 3 seed pick, though.
Dejounte Murray and Derrick White finally played together, and helped the Spurs win. Smash Brothers? Crash Brothers?
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Be excellent to each other.