Sixers' Embiid on OT loss at Boston: 'I didn’t get the ball'
Joel Embiid came away from the 121-114 Christmas Day loss to the Boston Celtics at TD Garden wanting more.
More as in, wanted the basketball more.
Through three quarters in the game, Embiid, the Philadelphia 76ers center, had put up 30 points on 9-of-13 shooting and pulled down 11 rebounds. However, in the rest of the game, which needed an overtime session to decide, Embiid took just four shots, finished with 34 points.
The Sixers big man pulled no punches when asked why he was not a factor when the buzzer sounded to end the third quarter.
“I felt like I could have done more,” he said, according to David Murphy of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I didn’t get the ball. The ball didn’t find me in the fourth quarter and overtime, so, in those situations, I’ve got to show up, but I also have to be put in the right situations to be able to help this team. I felt like I wasn’t in the right situation."
Not that Embiid was deflecting his share of the blame for the loss, which dropped Philadelphia to 22-13 on the season, 6-10 on the road.
"We lost. I put this heavily on me because I know I could have done more, and the more I was playing, all day they couldn’t guard me, and they were playing a lot of 1-on-1, double-teaming on the first dribbles," he said. "But I have to find a way to adjust through that and just be myself.”
Why didn't the basketball find him after the third quarter ended?
“Don’t know,” Embiid said. “Got to ask Coach.”
"Coach" being Brett Brown.
“It’s a disappointing loss because of the last two minutes, two-and-a-half minutes of overtime," Brown said. "We were up and we turned the ball over.
“But I leave feeling like we’re not that far off.”