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Game Four Win Shows Embiid’s Dominance

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The 76ers won a thrilling road contest on Saturday to take a 3-1 series lead against the Brooklyn Nets. Philly’s star center was the centerpiece to that victory. Joel Embiid finished off Game Four of the series with 31 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists, and six blocks. This outing should come as no surprise, however, as the Brooklyn Nets have struggled to contain Embiid throughout the playoffs. Back in Game Two, Embiid led the Sixers in scoring with 23 points and added 10 rebounds, while Ben Simmons finished with a triple-double. Though the Sixers have struggled to match Brooklyn’s hot three-point shooting, they have succeeded by playing bully ball.

No Butler. No Problem.

Embiid started to shine following Jared Dudley and Jimmy Butler’s ejections halfway through the third quarter. The brawl between the two lit a fire under Embiid, and he took over and never looked back. Embiid would score 18 points after the ejections were made and ended up shooting 55% from the field Saturday. Embiid excelled from the charity stripe as well, going a perfect 6 for 6 at the line. Despite Jarett Allen’s excellent shot-blocking ability, he was no match for the Sixers’ superstar. Embiid attacked the paint with ease and dominated the post nearly every time the Sixers were on offense.

Shooting Woes

It’ll be interesting to see what the Nets do against Embiid with their season on the line Tuesday. If the Nets can contain Embiid during Game Five and force the Sixers to become a three-point shooting team, it could spell disaster for Philadelphia. The Nets have made 46 three-pointers this series to Philly’s 31 triples. J.J. Redick struggled from the arc most of Saturday, shooting just 3-of-9 from deep. However, Redick did hit a key shot late with 50 seconds left in the fourth quarter to put the Sixers up by a point. Do the Nets will have an answer for Embiid during Game Five of this heated series? Or do the Sixers have what it takes to close out this series in enemy territory Tuesday night? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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About Darrien Null

Hometown: Strasburg, PA. Contributor for Sixers Lead.

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