Embiid resurgence started by downing Celtics
The Celtics have had a good start to the season after a cultural mood shift in the locker room with Kyrie Irving and Terry Roziars departure. Well Kyrie did not bother taking the short flight to Boston back in November but the Celtics fan were not shy in sending him a message chanting “Kyrie Sucks”. Last night was not the case for Al Horford who did not suit up for the matchup with his new Sixers team but got nothing shy of a warm welcoming from the Celtics fans.
In their second matchup this season, the Celtics were hoping to stretch their home winning record to 11-0 but that would mean going through Joel Embiid. After Charles Barkley’s and Shaquille O'Neal's critiques on his performance Embiid had a point to prove to the legends and naysayers. Embiid tool the criticism with humility saying “maybe they’re right. I think I need to be more aggressive and just look to impose myself and look to dominate ... I think the whole season I haven't done that, and you can see the way it has affected my efficiency and my stats, so I guess I need to go back to having fun and just dominating. But I get what they are saying, and I think they are right, man. I have to make a change." The Cameroonian was at his best Thursday night finishing the game with 38 points and 13 rebounds and 6 assists.
With that road win the Sixers when to a 19-7 record that saw them go 6-7 on the road moving them up the log to third place in the East, Boston dropped to 4th place. In the week after that though they sit on 20-8 but remain above the Celtics. This loss was a sting to Boston having to lose their first home game 10-1 to their division rivals. Plain and simple, Boston did not show up at crucial times of the game. On the upside for the C's, Boston is not getting blown out by teams which is a good thing for them and these back to back losses to good teams as much as they sting there is still something to look forward to.
By Nthabiseng Mushi