Joel Embiid undoubtedly is leading the Philadelphia 76ers’ hopes of clinching the NBA Championship. Having averaged the most point in the 2021-22 regular season, Embiid is looking to avenge the team’s nasty exit from last year’s playoffs by dragging them to the penultimate stage this season. His most recent performance against the Toronto Raptors Game 6 was only to showcase the same.
In the process Joel Embiid impressed Skip Bayless as the latter sports media personality regarded him as the best player on the planet, at least based on his performance in game 6 vs Toronto Raptors. While the Canadian side gave Philly a major scare by winning Game 4 and Game 5, Embiid seemed to be as calm as possible in securing Sixers’ berth into the semi-finals round.
Skip Bayless applauds Joel Embiid
Discussing the Game 6 encounter between Sixers and Raptors with co-host Shannon Sharpe on Undisputed, Bayless stated, “I thought Joel Embiid looked like the best player on the planet. … I just thought he came out and said, ‘Watch this.’”
Talking about the exact number for those who are not still not aware and missed the action, Joel Embiid registered 33 points, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks and 2 steals against his name as the Philadelphia 76ers, who had lost two straight games, blew out the Toronto Raptors 132-97.
The Game 6 victory advanced No. 4 seed Philadelphia to the Eastern Conference semi-finals against No. 1 seed Miami Heat. That series will begin Monday in Miami.
Erik Spoelstra’s Miami Heat will be well aware of the scoring prowess of Joel Embiid and will look to close him out on the offensive end to gain an early advantage in the semi-final series. Having stopped Trae Young in majority of the games in the first-round, Embiid will be heading himself into a defensive wall every time he attacks the paint, with veteran defenders present.
This will only be going to increase the importance of stars like James Harden, Tobias Harris, Tyrese Maxey performing and supporting Embiid game after game. Who among Heat-Sixers is going to draw early blood? Remains to be seen.