Joel Embiid’s Absence Gives Sixers Advantage in Game 1
The Philadelphia 76ers took Game 1 of their first-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics, and Al Horford believes that Joel Embiid’s absence played a significant role in their victory. Embiid was sidelined due to a sprained LCL in his right knee, and the Celtics knew for several days that he was unlikely to play. Horford believes that his team wasn’t as focused as it needed to be, and they didn’t do as good a job defensively as they could have.
Horford pointed out that Boston lost several times this season against teams that were missing one of their best players. He cited Game 5 of the first-round series against the Hawks when Atlanta won in Boston while Dejounte Murray was suspended, along with regular season defeats to the Thunder without Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and the Suns without Devin Booker. Horford believes that his team needs to be better and understand that they have to be able to play with whatever happens, whatever variables.
Embiid’s Injury and Its Impact on the Series
Joel Embiid’s injury is a significant blow to the Philadelphia 76ers, and it remains to be seen how long he will be out. The Sixers will need to adjust their game plan without their star center, and it will be interesting to see how they fare in the rest of the series. Embiid’s absence could give the Celtics an opportunity to take control of the series, but it could also motivate the Sixers to step up and prove that they can win without him.
The Celtics will need to be careful not to underestimate the Sixers without Embiid, as they have other talented players who can step up and make an impact. The series is far from over, and both teams will need to bring their A-game if they want to advance to the next round of the playoffs.
Joel Embiid’s absence in Game 1 gave the Philadelphia 76ers an advantage, but it remains to be seen how his injury will impact the rest of the series. The Celtics will need to be careful not to underestimate the Sixers without Embiid, and the Sixers will need to adjust their game plan without their star center. The series is far from over, and both teams will need to bring their best if they want to advance to the next round of the playoffs.
Keywords: Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics, NBA playoffs, injury, Al Horford, Game 1, series, adjustment, star center.
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