The postseason ended in the second round for the Philadelphia 76ers last season, being ousted in five games by the Boston Celtics.
However, it will be a different story for the 76ers if All-Star center Joel Embiid has anything to say about it. Averaging career-bests in points (27.5), boards (13.7) and assists (3.5) in a career-high 33.7 minutes in 62 games, as well as shooting better than he ever has previously (48.5 percent from the field; 81.0 percent from the free-throw line), Embiid most certainly will.
According to Ky Carlin of Sixers Wire, Embiid believes he is in much better places physically and mentally as the playoffs once again loom for him and his teammates.
“I’m excited. Honestly, I don’t care who we play,” Embiid said. “I’m excited. It’s going to be my second postseason.”
Embiid & Co. sit in the third spot in the Eastern Conference standings with a 48-27 record entering play Saturday. If the postseason tipped today, the 76ers would square off against the sixth-seeded Detroit Pistons (38-37 entering action Saturday) in a first-round matchup.
Philadelphia has taken three of four games from Detroit this season.
“Last year ,I had the mask and wasn’t feeling well,” Embiid said. “I was out of shape.
"But this playoff, I’m coming in better shape and I don’t have the mask to hate, so it’s definitely going to be a different story.”