Embiid’s Surge Gives Philadelphia Fans Hope

Joel Embiid takes a dribble, drives easily past Nene and dunks the ball with the authority.

This is what Embiid was essentially doing all night to the Houston Rockets last Friday. Embiid, drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2014, dropped 32 points, seven rebounds and four assists in just 28 minutes against the Rockets on a huge ESPN showdown Friday night.

While the Sixers lost the contest 123-118, it wasn’t really about the Sixers losing, rather, it was about the dominate force Embiid displayed. Post-up moves, drives to the hoop, baby hooks, mid-range shots and three-point shots galore—actually—is what the game was about.

It was about the consistent dominance Embiid displayed throughout the night, matching Harden’s otherworldly performance. Let’s not forget Harden finished the game with 51 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists—a cosmic performance, which was an astounding triple double.

Still, with every shot Embiid made, and even, during tim