Friday, March 31, 2023

Brutal MVP lessons for Jokic from a grumpy Embiid

to the fury of joel embied stood against the wisdom of Nikola Jokic with an extraordinary lesson mvp To elevate the position of the Philadelphia 76ers in the conversation for a ring against the best team in the West, some Denver Nuggets end up getting ravaged by those Dr. Rivers (126-119) when he had everything under control at the break (58-73). The passion of the Cameroonian centre, at the peak of his career, unfolded with some moving 47 points (18/31 shooting from the field) and 18 rebounds in their way to the Sixers. African ‘centre’ in the second half As many as 28.

Embiid is determined to reach the top individually and collectively, in line with Philadelphia’s strong desire to meet, at the very least, the minimum that is required of them. conference finals, After 7 consecutive wins now sec in the East. The pivot was a deep call to which all his teammates answered, subject to the MVP’s powerful intelligence, 24 points, 9 assists and 8 reboundsBut with just 8 points and 4 baskets in the second half, his impact was limited. pj tucker And a ‘Sixer’ defense that answered and provoked in chorus 7 disadvantages from Serbian.

Embiid was so specific that it was a designated day to send a direct message to the holder of the coveted award that he even gave him a specific dunk. all Star in his presence. Don’t know whether the ‘snub’ of not being a starter in the weekend of the stars will be angry or not.

james harden, His loyal allies, united by a common cause, once again delighted with a display of efficiency and inspiration, scoring 17 points on few but very well-chosen shots—5/10 on field goals and 3/6 on triples—, and 13 assists without registering a single loss. Reflected in the ambition and chemistry between the pivot and the shooting guard ‘pick and roll’, An inexhaustible source of wealth for Philadelphia and where the essence of kissing glory for the Sixers is found.

Las many possibilities That couple overwhelmed the Nuggets in direct interceptions. others joined as tobias harris -14 points between penetrations and triples 6/10 in TC and 2/4 from the perimeter – or A George Niang who contributed intense energy and success off the bench with 14 goals after going 4/7 on triples and Tyrese Maxi, More content than other times but finishing with 13 points.

a bench in which Funny anecdote: A ‘hook’ between Niang and Milton that didn’t get worse and, above all, a James Harden who suffered a real ‘ball shot’ from the same bench. Hyland’s action against Embiid got ‘Beard’ up and the Nuggets player’s pass … ended up in his face.

The Philadelphia 76ers managed to bend the will of a Jokic who completely obliterated them in the first half. Serbian, who dominates ‘walking’ with someone he has a very high basketball IQHe thought highly of the pace with which Doc Rivers’ team operated defensively, being very unhappy with his team’s defensive intensity.

The Sixers didn’t expect to read capable cuts with the Serbian’s distribution, which outpaced the Pennsylvania man on every play. hand and armPlaying ‘pick and pop’, or the free man always in vogue before the traffic attracted by the Balkans. Jamal Murray accurate with mid-range shots, and Michael Porter Jr.They were his best mates, how could it be with 22 and 20 points.

The second half was another story, not only because of the greater intensity of the Rivers men, but also because of the greater focus on not only what Jokic was doing, but also what was happening around him, much better. control the tricks of others. Impeccable work under the command of PJ Tucker, a great inside defender fame who surrounds him with a sticky defense of the Serbian and anticipates his intentions. For example, once being very aware of him the handler left the screen so that the Serb would not get released on the perimeter. ‘pop into

And in attack, the effectiveness of the ‘simple’ for the Sixers, Embiid and Harden’s prolific ‘pick and roll’ with the Cameroonian continued to play a scoring role. Above all, in its general form short roll Then to shoot from the middle distance, it is more difficult for Jokic to defend those positions because they are wider positions. The more lateral drop was also another very uncomfortable reference for MVP to defend. best ‘spacing’ The one provided by Philadelphia also proved essential.

After 96–99 for Denver at the end of the third quarter, Michael Malone They threatened to dodge Philadelphia’s laudable response with a 98-106 lead that mirrored the score with 9 minutes to go, but then they came 12 points Embiid and it’s over. The Cameroonian, the top scorer outside the NBA right now ahead of 33 of 33 with 33.8 goals per game luka doncic, Will be in the MVP race. A reality that resigned itself to ‘living’ Nikola Jokic.

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