The Philadelphia 76ers easily dismantled the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night, beating that team 147-116 and sailing to an easy victory.
The team has been impressive lately and is now the 4th best team in the East with a strong 25-15 record.
They obviously have a lot of fight in them and they have one of the best players in the game: Joel Embiid.
Joel Embiid played 23 minutes, 56 seconds in the 76ers win vs the Pistons Tuesday & finished with 36 points and 11 boards.
That's the fewest minutes played by any player in a 35-Pt, 10-Reb game since the NBA began tracking minutes played in the 1951-52 season.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 11, 2023
On Tuesday, Embiid played for 23 minutes and 56 seconds and scored 36 points and 11 rebounds.
According to ESPN, that’s the fewest minutes played by any player in a 35-point, 10-rebound game since the NBA started tracking minutes back in the early 1950s.
This shows just how determined and hard-working Embiid is.
That isn’t surprising because he has a major goal in mind: he wants to reach the NBA Finals.
Embiid has been trying to do this for years now.
Most people agree that 2022-23 gives him and his team their best chance at true postseason greatness.
So far, the results of the season have been very mixed.
The team is doing about as well as they did last season.
When the 2021-22 season came to a close, the 76ers were in fourth place with a 51-31 record.
They are on track for a similar showing this year.
This proves that they haven’t really grown as much as they had hoped to.
What does this mean for the future of the team?
Even with Embiid’s MVP-like games, the team still might fall short and the front office may contemplate some big changes.
Will head coach Doc Rivers be sent packing?
Maybe James Harden will return to the Rockets.
Embiid is playing incredibly – and has been all season – but the 76ers have still not broken out in a big way.