Joel Embiid is in peak form Monday night.
In Game 4 Monday night the Sixers came out far more aggressive — particularly with their defensive pressure, like doubling/trapping on the pick-and-roll — and playing a more physical style. Embiid has worked to lead that charge (and the Sixers had a comfortable double-digit lead early in the fourth.
It’s shown up a couple of times on the court in some extracurriculars, such as when he tried to slap the dead ball out of the hands of Terry Rozier, who was having none of it and is not going to back down.
Later, in the second half, Embiid was matched up with and barked at Boston’s Marcus Morris — and when he did Morris responded by reminding the Philly center where things stood.
It’s good to see Embiid in his comfort zone — except for the mask — talking smack with a vengeance. It’s not going to change how the series ends, but it’s good to see.