Philadelphia 76ers star center Joel Embiid found out that he finished second in the NBA MVP voting immediately ahead of his team’s Game 2 outing against the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference semifinals Tuesday evening.
Embiid was questionable heading into the game due to a torn meniscus he’s in his left knee. Obviously, the All-Star was not going to miss Tuesday night’s game after Philadelphia dropped Game 1 despite him scoring 39 points.
In what was a must-win game for Embiid and his Sixers at home Tuesday night, one of the best centers of the modern era more than stepped up. Philadelphia turned a two-point halftime lead into a blowout 118-102 victory, largely due to Embiid’s otherworldly performance.
The NBA MVP runnerup scored a playoff career-high 40 points on 13-of-25 shooting while grabbing 13 rebounds in a virtuoso overall performance en route to helping Philly even the series at one heading to Atlanta for Game 3.
It was a much-needed performance for Embiid with fellow “star” Ben Simmons scoring just four points on 2-of-3 shooting in yet another ugly offensive outing for the point forward. Those watching the game at home had their reactions.