SIXERS JOJO: THIS INJURY TOOK A TOLL MENTALLY, BEING DEPRESSED

By Tommy Matthews

Joel Embiid (above with Sixers legend Allen Iverson after the game) was philosophical after last night’s win over the Thunder:

“Usually, when I have injuries, I just tell myself, move on to the next one, get better, and then fix it,” said Embiid, who finished with 24 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals and 6 turnovers in a 109-105 victory.

“But this one took a toll mentally, being depressed … It was not a good one.

“So, still not where I’m supposed to be, especially mentally, but I just love to play and love basketball and I want to play and any chance that I can be out there, I’m going to take it.”

“For some reason this injury was just … It was disappointing,” he said. “It was depressing. It took me a while to get over it, and I still haven’t gotten over it. So just got to take it day by day, look at the positive.

“I’m back. So, hopefully every single day, try to get better and get back to myself.”

“I think minutes-wise that was probably where I thought we would end up,” coach Nick Nurse said, as Embiid played in shorter stints than he typically would throughout the game in order to have more energy during them.

“I thought we got a good start into the half and it mapped out, something like that, minutes-wise. I thought the biggest impact, he scored some, I thought he passed the ball really well, but again, when we start amping up our defense in the last six minutes he was down there again as I talked about before the game. Some of those [Thunder] drives didn’t look as productive, so that to me is where I really thought he impacted the game.

“He looked pretty good for not playing for a couple of months, that’s for sure.”

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