It’s not a secret that Kawhi Leonard’s series-clinching buzzer-beater in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Philadelphia 76ers is something Toronto fans won’t ever forget. Well, you could say the same about the Sixers fans, and Joel Embiid.
The big man was the one guarding Kawhi when he shot his famous shot, and the repercussions of that moment were visible right after the game, with the Cameroonian player crying in the aftermath.
A couple of months have happened since that moment, but now Embiid has reflected on that game, claiming he didn’t give his best to help his team succeed. The Process thinks so much about that game that he even takes the whole responsibility for the final outcome.
“You know you had a chance. Me personally, I know I didn’t show up,” Embiid told The Athletic’s Shams Charania in an interview. “I can’t blame that I wasn’t feeling well, but I know I didn’t do what I know I could do — the whole playoffs, actually. So, to me it felt like a lot of regrets, I felt like I could’ve done more, but I didn’t.”
Candid Joel Embiid/Ben Simmons in @Stadium sit-down. Embiid on Game 7 loss to TOR, importance of title: “Me personally, I know I didn’t show up. I can’t blame that I wasn’t feeling well. I know I didn’t do what I could do…” pic.twitter.com/SAgmsNnbVX
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) 4 de octubre de 2019
It’s odd to see the star being so hard on himself, considering how great he was that day for his team. He finished the game with 21 points, 11 rebounds and four assists, something quite remarkable even for his standards. However, perhaps the memory of that Kawhi shot is still hunting him, leading Embiid to make these bold claims that don’t match the reality.
This upcoming season he’s ready to take his Sixers to top of the East, even though they will have a big competition in the Milwaukee Bucks and the rest of the conference. Joel had to learn something from that infamous Game 7, and Philly’s fans are excited to see what he’s going to bring next season.