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Sport NBA playoffs 2021: Embiid disappointed to miss out on MVP but focused on championship with 76ers

08:15  09 june  2021
08:15  09 june  2021 Source:   goal.com

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In the earlier game, MVP finalist Joel Embiid made his return but top seeds the Philadelphia 76 ers were upstaged 128-124 by the Atlanta Hawks in their Eastern Conference semi-final opener. Embiid made his way back to the court following a meniscus tear and while he put up 39 points, the Hawks silenced a hostile crowd Young joined Lew Alcindor as the only players in NBA history to score 30-plus points in each of the first four road games of their playoff careers, while he became the first Hawks player in history to have 35-plus points and 10-plus assists in a postseason game. Nuggets at Suns.

Joel Embiid expressed his disappointment after losing out to Nikola Jokic in the MVP race, though the Philadelphia 76ers star insisted "if and when I'm holding that trophy, anything else won't matter" in pursuit of an NBA championship.

a basketball player during a game: Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers © National Basketball Association Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers

Denver Nuggets star Jokic was crowned the league's Most Valuable Player on Tuesday with 91 first-place votes and 971 total points, ahead of runner-up Embiid (586).

In response to the snub, Embiid posted 40 points and 13 rebounds to lead the 76ers past the Atlanta Hawks 118-102 as the top seeds levelled the Eastern Conference semi-final series at 1-1.

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Philadelphia 76 ers All-Star Joel Embiid vowed to "keep pushing until I can't" in his pursuit of an NBA championship after returning from a knee injury in Sunday's shock loss to the Atlanta Hawks. After sitting out the series-clinching win over the Washington Wizards due to a meniscus tear in his right knee, Embiid made his comeback in the 128-124 defeat to the fifth-seeded Hawks in the Eastern Conference semi-final opener. Embiid , who hurt his knee in Game 4 against the Wizards, led all scorers with 39 points but his presence was not enough to help the top-seeded 76 ers overturn a 26-point

Harden sat out due to hamstring tightness, but the star-studded Nets still made light work of the Bucks in Monday's blow- out win for a commanding 2-0 lead in the NBA playoffs . Durant put on a show against two-time reigning MVP Antetokounmpo and the visiting Bucks, posting 32 points The second-seeded Nets – who defeated Milwaukee in three consecutive home games for the first time since 2006-09 – led by as much as 49 points in their most lopsided postseason victory in franchise history. Brooklyn, eyeing a maiden championship , became the first team since the 1987 Los Angeles Lakers

Embiid became the first 76ers player with 40 points and 10 rebounds in a playoff game since Hall of Famer Billy Cunningham in 1970, while his postseason career-high points haul saw him become the first Philadelphia player with 40-plus points in a playoff contest since Hall of Famer Allen Iverson in 2003.

Reacting to Jokic's MVP victory, Embiid – who missed game time during the regular season due to a knee injury – told reporters following Game 2: "There's only some things I can control. Obviously, we as a team we had a good year and I was a part of it.

"It's disappointing because as a player, you worked hard for moments like this, but then again, it's out of my control. There's nothing I can do about it. I just got to come out every year, and just be ready and do my job."

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The 76 ers ' star duo will miss the game because they had contact with an individual who tested positive for the coronavirus. Therefore, Embiid (Team Durant) and Simmons (Team LeBron) were ruled out for the game and kept away from other players and personnel. Team Durant coach Doc Rivers tabbed New Orleans Pelicans big man Zion Williamson to replace Embiid in the starting lineup. The NBA announced Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons will not play in tonight's All-Star Game. pic.twitter.com/DhU6ftCCnJ.

The Washington Wizards lost to the Philadelphia 76 ers 129-112 on Wednesday night in Game 5 to lose their first round playoff series. No Embiid meant no rim protector for much of the game The Sixers were missing a lot with Embiid out , most notably scoring, but Seth Curry helped fill the void He has a tendency to share great detail when asked about what he's focusing on at a given time and

Embiid, who has been dealing with a small meniscus tear as the 76ers chase their first NBA title since 1983, added: "I'm focused on the playoffs, focused on winning the championship.

"I've been saying all season we got a good chance, so I'm not worried about those awards and stuff. If and when I'm holding that trophy, anything else won't matter."

Tobias Harris chipped in with 22 points, six rebounds and four assists for the 76ers at Wells Fargo Center, where he had 16 first-quarter points on eight-for-nine shooting.

"We're not really worried about that," Harris said in response to Embiid missing out on MVP honours. "Jokic had a great year. Congrats on MVP for him.

"Joel Embiid has had a great year, he's been the MVP for our team. Obviously, there was a period of time where he didn't play X amount of games. I think that played a factor into it, but we get to the Finals and that's the goal for our team. Go get the MVP there so that's just our mentality. We don't only focus on those things anymore."

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