Embiid said he felt horrible having Covid-19
The Sixers finally got Joel Embiid back in the starting lineup last night against the Minnesota Timberwolves, and he delivered big time despite the loss after 2 OTs. Embiid finished the game with 42 points and 14 rebounds, and nobody expected him to have such a game after going through Covid and missing basketball for an extended part of this season. Unfortunately for the Sixers, D'Angelo Russell and the rest of the Wolves came out to play, but Russell was the hero scoring 35 points, making some clutch buckets at the end of the game.
After the game, Joel Embiid shared what it meant to be back on the floor for his team and how it felt battling Covid-19, during which he really felt like he was not going to make it.
"I mean, I really thought I wasn't going to make it. It was that bad. "So I'm just thankful to be sitting here. I'm just glad I got over it. I didn't think I was going to play tonight. To me, it's a miracle I played this many minutes, but it's good," Embiid said.
Despite the loss, Doc Rivers was impressed with Embiid's performance, saying he didn't expect him to have that type of performance.
"Joel was phenomenal tonight, but we still lost the game," Doc Rivers added. "Joel would take 30 [if we would have won]. … Give him credit [because] he's been working out and he showed us that."
The Sixers are currently on the 9th spot in the eastern conference with a 10-10 record. The good thing is that after several weeks they have most of their starters back, including Embiid, which is an important thing for them in the upcoming weeks where they need to secure more wins. They will need to prove they are a playoff-contending team, and if Embiid will play on the level he did against the Wolves, there is no question Sixers can achieve the goal they set out for themselves at the start of this season.