MIAMI – Philadelphia 76ers superstar Joel Embiid congratulated Nikola Jokic on winning the NBA Most Valuable Player Award for the second consecutive season, adding Tuesday night that there was no right or wrong answer between several qualifiers.
But Embiid also said, going forward, he is looking more at the “big picture” – winning the race.
“No,” said Embiid, when asked if he was surprised when ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski announced Monday that Jokic would win the prize again. “I mean, this is something I know about the last few weeks, maybe two weeks before the end of the season, after the game if it was Denver and Milwaukee, and when. [ESPN did its] approval of grass or whatever. I just knew it wouldn’t happen.
“Obviously, congrats to Nikola. He deserved it. He had a wonderful season. There was nothing good or bad. There were so many candidates. It could have gone either way. Giannis [Antetokounmpo], Devin Booker, to be on the best team in the league, so far. So, I think, each year becomes whatever you choose, everything that relates to the story of who will win. “
Embiid was one of three finalists to receive the award for the second year in a row, earning the best time in his game – NBA-30.6 points best in all games, as well as 11.7 rebounds and 4.2 assistants in 68 high-scoring games. .
“I’m not angry,” said Embiid undefeated MVP (NBA is expected to announce the winner this weekend). “For two consecutive years I put myself in that position. It never happened. It’s like, at the moment, and everything. Everything that happens, happens.
“Last year, I did a campaign. This year, I answered questions when asked, and the next few years until I retire, it’s like … as I said, I wonder what I can do to win. This, and to me, it’s like, right now it’s like, and everything, everything just looks, not that I didn’t look at the big picture, but you know, it’s time to put all my energy into the big picture, which is to win the whole thing. “
Embiid also disputed a comment by The Ringer’s Bill Simmons, who said in a podcast last month, “F — Jalen Green,” discussing Green’s potential in the rookie team while playing for the Houston Rockets. . (Simmons then tweeted to explain his responsibilities).
Members of the press vote for NBA awards.
“What if Jalen Green had a chance to get supermax, or I don’t know, the All-Star form and if you had one it sounds that way, and they have a lot of power,” Embiid said. “[Simmons] can attract many other journalists
“I don’t think it’s fair. I don’t think it’s fair. So that’s all I said about those awards.”
Embiid’s hopes of winning the race this season peaked on Tuesday night, as the Sixers lost to Miami Heat 120-85 in Game 5 to fall 3-2. They are about to lose their second playoffs for the fourth time in five years.
The 76ers looked insignificant from the moment they opened, and admitted that this happened after the game, when Miami jumped to the front and never looked back.
“They were so busy, physical, they fired us,” said 76ers coach Doc Rivers. “There are a lot of disappointments from all of us tonight.”
He added James Harden: “I think we were not defensive, and this delayed our offense. We need to be in a relationship. We need to be locked in. In the second round of the playoffs, on the road in Game 5, it is difficult. Not enough to just play hard. You have to play hard. and things, and we have not included sufficiently thoughtful things. “
Embiid spent a long time on the ground in the second half when he was hit in the right side of his face – where he was seriously injured in Game 6 of the Toronto series – after Heat Dewayne Dedmon’s ball bump as Embiid. he connected again and the ball bounced back in front of Embiid.
Fortunately for the 76ers, Embiid eventually woke up and was tested by team doctors, and did not give up the game.
“I don’t think so,” said Embiid, when asked if he was worried he could worsen his injury while playing. “Obviously I’m not an expert, I’m just listening to doctors. I don’t think so.
“So it’s about hurting pain. This is a throw-away for me. If I don’t play, you know, maybe I’ll be called soft. don’t go too high or too low and just go out and try to dig deep and try to do everything I can. “
What he and the 76ers need to do here is prevent their exclusion from Game 6 on Thursday.
“I’m convinced,” Embiid said.
Tidagonja 2-0, [then] we built. We have it in us. We have other options [to give], and I was not alone. Even in the two extremes. I didn’t think I was playing well. I thought that my presence in court was important to us, especially in our defense. But sadly, I did not fight. I like, I’m not saying I want to force the issue, but I like to let the game come to me. As you can see, they don’t let this game come to me.
“So I think, I’m just going back and watching a movie and finding ways to touch, be involved and try to be, try to get back to the world I can be.”