Joel Embiid missed the primary two video games of the Philadelphia 76ers’ second spherical sequence in opposition to the Miami Warmth within the 2022 NBA Playoffs after struggling a proper orbital fracture and a gentle concussion. Embiid was already taking part in by torn ligaments in his proper thumb within the first spherical in opposition to the Toronto Raptors even earlier than Pascal Siakam’s elbow broke his face within the closing minutes of Philly’s decisive Sport 6 win.
The truth that Embiid is taking part in in any respect proper now could be each extremely admirable and doubtless medically silly. When Embiid suffered this very same damage on the left facet of his face in 2018, he missed three weeks earlier than returning within the playoffs. This time, he was solely out for one week earlier than returning to face the Warmth in Sport 3 of the sequence.
Philly went down 0-2 to Miami with out Embiid. When he got here again, the Sixers promptly took the subsequent two video games at house. When the groups met for a pivotal Sport 5 in Miami on Tuesday evening, Embiid had a tough evening and so did the Sixers. Miami ran away with a 120-85 victory to take a 3-2 sequence lead going again to Philly.
At one level within the first half, Embiid was hit exhausting within the head by the ball whereas preventing for a rebound with Dewayne Dedmon. Embiid laid on the ground in ache for a minute or two, however in fact he bought up and returned to complete the sport.
It’s outstanding that Embiid is taking part in in any respect proper now by a damaged orbital bone and torn ligaments in his thumb, to not point out the current concussion signs. But, when the TNT halftime present began, Charles Barkley criticized Embiid for being too distracted by not profitable MVP.
«If you’re mad about one thing, it may possibly work each methods. It is working the improper method for Joel Embiid tonight.»
Chuck sounds off on Embiid’s first half efficiency in Sport 5. pic.twitter.com/0vg0cspWaG
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) Might 11, 2022
Listed here are Barkley’s feedback:
Joel Embiid is so distracted, for my part, by this MVP factor. He’s not there tonight. He’s bought six factors, however he’s not being aggressive. He’s throwing the ball away. I ponder who on that group will say yo man “you the MVP. We all know you’re the MVP. Now exit and show it.” If you find yourself mad about one thing, it may possibly work each methods. And it’ working the improper method for Joel Embiid tonight. He’s so distracted.
Sure, Embiid was having a tough half (he completed the evening with 17 factors on 7-of-12 capturing). It simply seems like that may be defined rather more by the accidents than by “being distracted from not profitable MVP.”
TNT’s sideline report Chris Haynes repeated related feedback in the course of the broadcast because the sideline reporter.
TNT actually pushing this narrative that Embiid could also be simply moping and sulky from Jokic profitable MVP. No sources cited however some constant spec. pic.twitter.com/293U5w8dee
— DaveEarly (@DavidEarly) Might 11, 2022
Days earlier, Haynes reported that Embiid couldn’t even have a look at his cellphone due to his concussion signs:
Chris Haynes simply stated on @NBAonTNT that Joel Embiid has had hassle with gentle and hasn’t been in a position to make use of his cellphone till yesterday
Doesn’t sound like a “delicate” concussion to me
— Dr. Evan Jeffries, DPT (@GameInjuryDoc) Might 5, 2022
If this was another time of the yr, Embiid could be out proper now. There’s little question about that. As an alternative, he’s exhibiting unimaginable toughness and resolve simply by taking the ground, and serving to the Sixers climb out of an 0-2 gap to have an actual probability on this sequence.
Embiid was requested about Nikola Jokic profitable his second straight MVP after the sport, and he had a solution ready.
Was his play in Sport 5 actually affected by not profitable MVP? That appears extremely exhausting to imagine. It’s a baseless declare that additionally reductions what the Miami Warmth protection did in Sport 5.
Former gamers like Barkley needs to be the one ones who perceive how tough it’s to play by a damaged face like Embiid is correct now. Shaq famous on the set that nobody goes to really feel unhealthy for Embiid since he’s taking part in, nevertheless it ought to the aim of the halftime present to teach viewers on what somebody like Embiid goes by simply to take the court docket.
“Contained in the NBA” was in any other case great as at all times:
The criticism of Embiid simply doesn’t maintain water. At the very least Barkley was clear that this was simply his opinion. Embiid merely deserves higher than for such feedback to be made to a nationwide viewers when he’s placing his physique on the road and taking part in by immense ache for the nice his group.