Embiid brushed aside his disappointment and focused on the game for the team’s victory.
The Philadelphia 76ers won 126-119 in a match against the Denver Nuggets in the 2022-2023 NBA regular season held at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on the 29th (hereinafter Korean time).
On this day, Joel Embiid completed a double-double with 47 points, 18 rebounds and 5 assists, including 4 3-pointers, and won the match against Denver ace Nikola Jokic by decision. It is already the ninth time this season that Embiid has scored over 40 points in a game.
Embiid is averaging 33.8 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.2 assists this season, leading the league in scoring, but he missed out on an All-Star starter spot behind Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Durant and Jayson Tatum. The record of being named on the All-Star starting list for five consecutive seasons from the 2017-2018 season to the 2021-2022 season was broken by his fierce competitors.
In an interview after the game, Embiid said, “I’ve been an All-Star starter for five years, and this dropout made me feel a little bit like I wasn’t getting enough respect in the league. Maybe it’s because I’ve been acting a lot strangely.” He said, expressing his regret with a shy smile. 안전놀이터
Still, Embiid was not discouraged. “But being eliminated as an All-Star starter was a huge motivator for me. It made me want to win more games and I think that’s the way I can get more respect than I do now,” he added.
Embiid also did not forget to send a message of praise to Jokic, who said before the game that he was surprised that Embiid was not selected as an All-Star. “Jokic is a difficult player to stop,” Embiid said.
Thanks to the presence of Embiid, who is making great strides every day, taking advantage of his failures, Philadelphia won seven consecutive victories that day and jumped to second place in the Eastern Conference. The next opponent for Embiid, who is aiming for an 8-game winning streak, is Orlando on the 31st.