The Sixers are playing two consecutive games in Charlotte against the Hornets, and the first one is truly an exciting one that came down to the wire. Even though the Hornets were missing a few of their crucial players, they put up a good fight, and the Sixers had to dig deep to get a much-needed win.
Luckily for them, Embiid had the best game of this season, dropping 43 points alongside 15 rebounds and 7 assists, shooting exceptionally well from the field. The Hornets simply had no answer for Embiid, and after the game, he openly admitted they were lucky because their defense was absolutely horrific as a team.
"We sucked defensively," Embiid admitted on Monday. "I don't know what kind of adjustments we can make."
The Hornets were missing their main star in LaMelo Ball, but Kelly Oubre came up big with 35 points, and Embiid said their approach on defense has to better in the second game against the Hornets. The Sixers are currently ranked 17th in the defensive rating in the NBA, but that wasn't so evident against the Hornets on Monday.
"For us, we were really bad defensively," Embiid continued. "We got to do a better job. Oubre had a huge game for them. So I felt like tonight, defensively, we were just going through the motions. We gotta start there. We can't give them a chance."
The Sixers are once again playing the Hornets on Wednesday evening, and luckily for them, most of their players are back in full rotation. Whether we'll see a similar game as the first one remains to be seen, but there is no question the Sixers are the favorites to win. With the way Embiid is playing lately, they are always in a good position to beat any team; however, others will need to step up on both ends of the floor.