PHILADELPHIA — After beating the Boston Celtics to win for the ninth time in 11 video games Friday evening, 76ers celebrity Joel Embiid mentioned “there’s actually no urgency to vary something” along with his crew with just below 4 weeks to go till the NBA’s commerce deadline.
“I really feel nice, man,” Embiid mentioned, after ending with 25 factors, 13 rebounds and 6 assists in Philadelphia’s comfy 111-99 victory over their previous rivals right here at Wells Fargo Heart.
“After I have a look at the place we’re after we bought many of the crew within the lineup, particularly me within the lineup, then we’re 21 and 9. That is not unhealthy. That is up there with one of the best information within the NBA. So, all that tells me is that we simply bought to remain wholesome, maintain doing what we have been doing.
“I really feel fairly good, and I do not suppose we have performed our greatest basketball but. We nonetheless bought an extended option to go. We’re lacking guys right here and there that would actually assist us. There’s actually no urgency to vary something. I believe we bought every thing we’d like. We’re gonna carry on going and I am comfortable.”
The 76ers have performed this complete season with All-Star guard Ben Simmons sitting out, as his ongoing commerce demand goes unfulfilled. Nonetheless, when Embiid has been on the court docket, Philadelphia has received 70 % of its video games and have outscored their opponents by 6.9 factors per 100 possessions.
The potential of a Simmons commerce — and what it may get Philadelphia in return — has loomed over the 76ers all season, nonetheless, ever since Simmons refused to report back to the beginning of coaching camp in September.
However Embiid mentioned he believes Philadelphia is nice sufficient to win with the gamers they’ve out there to them proper now — although he admitted that it will require the 76ers to play near-perfect basketball.
“I believe so,” he mentioned. “I believe all of us gotta, all of us gotta be our greatest. And after we are at our greatest, I believe we are able to beat anyone. We have seen it a few instances this 12 months. So, I simply suppose we have to, I have to maintain doing what I have been doing after which clearly we’d like consistency from all people, not simply Tobias [Harris] or Tyrese [Maxey] or Seth [Curry] or Danny [Green], guys coming off the bench, getting Shake [Milton] again [healthy].
“We want consistency, and all people coming in each single evening with the aim of simply doing their job and chipping in offensively and defensively and simply taking part in collectively and we’ll be high quality.”
Philadelphia (24-17) was greater than high quality towards Boston (21-22) Friday evening, leaping on the Celtics with a 28-2 run within the first quarter and by no means trying again.
For Boston, it was a fast fall again to Earth after some temporary sparks of life throughout a season-long three-game successful streak. However with Marcus Sensible out because of the well being and security protocols, the Celtics bought nothing from his substitute, Dennis Schroder, who missed all six photographs he took in 25 minutes and was referred to as for a flagrant-one for pushing 76ers ahead Matisse Thybulle within the again on a dunk try.
Thybulle landed very exhausting on his again, and whereas he initially stayed within the recreation, later left with proper shoulder soreness. Earlier than exiting, he had 5 steals and two blocks for a 76ers crew that created 20 turnovers and scored 31 factors off them.
“This was a tricky evening,” mentioned Celtics ahead Jayson Tatum, who completed with 20 factors, 11 rebounds and 5 assists however had as many made discipline targets (7-for-17) as turnovers (7). “I do not suppose we had any nights like this the place … clearly, we have had some nights after we’ve began sluggish, however more often than not, we give ourselves an opportunity.
“For no matter cause, it was a kind of nights the place we simply began sluggish and by no means [recovered].”
For Philadelphia, it was an emphatic bounceback efficiency from Wednesday’s loss right here to the Charlotte Hornets, a defeat that snapped the 76ers’ seven-game successful streak. Embiid mentioned that Charlotte’s ball motion gave the 76ers loads of hassle, whereas Boston’s extra isolation-heavy offense was simpler to protect.
“If you happen to evaluate, you already know, tonight from the opposite evening, it is type of simpler to protect,” Embiid mentioned. “Charlotte, they transfer the ball extraordinarily properly. They’ve shooters in every single place, and so they made a bunch of soar photographs. Clearly, Boston is extra of an iso-heavy crew. So it type of turns into simpler to type of load up and attempt to cease them.”