Joel Embiid: “At the End of the Day it’s on me”
You can certainly say the Joel Embiid efforts in game 3 was the key to the Sixers victory over the Raptors, and its safe to say whatever was ailing him in game 4 contributed to the Sixers disappointing loss.
After a historic and dominate game 3, Embiid struggled, scoring just 11 points on 2-of-7 shooting, scorning seven points from the line. He added eight rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two blocks in 35 minutes of action.
Embiid told reporters after the game that he did not sleep well last night, that he throwing up and needed an IV at 6am. He said that he tried to play, and tried to help get the win, but that it wasn't enough.
He continued by saying, "it doesn't matter, once I step on the court I got to do a better job."
Sixers coach Brett Brown explained that Embiid texted him at 6:20 a.m. this morning, telling him that he didn't sleep all night, that he never felt this poorly and that he wasn't sure if he would be able to play. Embiid was not with the team in the layup line, or during the anthem, Brown indicated that he was dealing with some sort of virus.
"To his complete credit, he just kind of willed his way through it," Brown said.
Even though he finished the game a +17 on the night, it just wasn't enough to overcome, both his own poor shooting effort, coupled with some other poor performances from his teammates. Tobias Harris really struggled shooting 7-23, and went just 2-13 from three-point range.
Embiid still took the loss on his shoulders.
"I mean at the end of the day it's on me," Embiid said.