James Harden won’t start playing for the Philadelphia 76ers until sometime later this week, so the Sixers team that took the floor the past two nights was pretty light. Paul Reed played his first extended minutes since December, and made the best of it with an embarrassing missed dunk.
But no matter. The Sixers played like shit and beat the Thunder 100-87 on Friday night, then played pretty well and beat the Cavaliers 103-93 Saturday night. Embiid was rockin’: 40 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists. That’s only the fourth time in Sixers history a player has had 40 points in a triple double, and the other three were Wilt Chamberlain.
He also had what might be the posterization of the season. (Or at least of the week. I don’t keep particularly close track of posterizations.) Embiid missed a free throw, but the Sixers got the rebound and then this happened:
That’s Jarrett Allen with the unfortunate job of attempting to block a runaway train as it rolls down the tracks. Welcome to life on the unforgiving end of the highlight clip, Jarrett Allen. Anyway, I’m sure Harden is very excited to meet his new coworkers soon.