The 76ers have played at a 65-win pace with Joel Embiid on the court and a 13-win pace when he sits this season.
Fortunately for Philadelphia, Embiid – after initial frustration – looks increasingly capable of handling bigger loads.
Embiid played a career-high 35:48 in the 76ers’ 109-105 win over the Clippers last night. That was more than three minutes more than he’d played in any other game, and Philadelphia needed every moment. The 76ers were +23 with Embiid and -19 without him.
He played long enough to score 32 points, grab 16 rebounds and get under Willie Reed‘s skin:
Embiid even hung around after the game to take a shot at Reed:
I just wanted to go inside, especially against D.J. and – I don’t know, what’s his name? But that boy fouled out.