Watch J.R. Smith learn hard way Joel Embiid knows how to block shots

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Joel Embiid‘s defense is still progressing, but the league has learned this much — he is a big body in the paint and if you’re going to challenge him in the paint it could get ugly.

J.R. Smith learned that the hard way early in the Cavaliers game against the Sixers Sunday. Smith — never known as a guy who plays well in day games, just as the Knicks — drove on Embiid only to find he couldn’t shoot over the wall. Embiid rejected him.

This was all part of a rough start for Cleveland — the Cavaliers missed their first 14 shots in this game. Eventually, LeBron figured out how to get a couple and the Cavaliers went on to a 112-108 win.