By Tommy Matthews
Joining the likes of Allen Iverson and Wilt Chamberlain as the only players in franchise history with multiple 50-point games, Joel Embiid said:
“I’m trying to play at the best level possible I can, and that’s being the best player in the world. And for us to win I have to be that guy every single night.”
Coach Doc Rivers was one of many who couldn’t contain his praises for the Philly leader.
“He was just unbelievable from the start. Just dominant in every way,” Doc Rivers said, “Every shot was the right shot.”
Giving the 4-time All-Star some big compliments, Rivers compared him to some of the greatest players in the game:
“I played with Dominique (Wilkins), and I don’t know if I’ve seen that. I’ve seen Dominique score more, but it took the whole game. That was easy, quick, efficient, and determined. He’s a little bit of (Hakeem) Olajuwon and a little bit of (Kevin) Garnett. It’s a heck of a combination if you can get it. But the difference is he can go out to the 3-point line, which sets him apart. He’s Joel Embiid, he’s not any of those guys. He’s his own guy.”
— Jeff Skversky (@JeffSkversky) January 26, 2022