When a basketball fanatic talks about Joel Embiid, it is not always the case that the Philadelphia 76ers’ marquee player is associated with anything less than being a protagonist. However, there is always the first time as Embiid might not have been at his resolute best in Game 4 against the Atlanta Hawks, yet he let go a chance to take the lead in the dying seconds to move 3-1 up in this Eastern Conference semi-final series.
With 14 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of Game 4, it was the Atlanta Hawks leading by only one, Joel Embiid had the chance to retake the lead and give the Philadelphia 76ers the ‘W’. Having said that, after receiving the pass from Tobias Harris and seeing quite an open lane to the rim, the Cameroonian center botched his layup to the frustration of the whole team.
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Having said that, after receiving the pass from Tobias Harris and seeing quite an open lane to the rim, the Cameroonian center botched his layup to the frustration of the whole team.
Making the shot would have been game-changing, especially since there is just a few seconds left after that. It would have been difficult for the Hawks to come back, even if Trae Young was on fire in the second quarter.
Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case, and Joel Embiid will certainly have a lot of regrets following the missed opportunity. After all, he was a non-factor in the second half and actually went 0 of 12 in the final 24 minutes of play.
After starting in red hot form for the away team, Embiid looked on his way to register an emphatic triple-double. Yet after being dominated on the defensive and offensive end as well, the 76ers leader seemed resistant in taking up his chances.
After leading by as many as 18 points in this context, the 76ers provided every possible opportunity to the Hawks to make their way back into the game.