Following Monday night’s game against the Indiana Pacers, MVP frontrunner Joel Embiid took a major shot at star big man Myles Turner. Speaking on his matchup against Myles, the Philadelphia center proudly explained how much he has dominated against him in years past.
“He’s a great player and I have a lot of respect for him,” Embiid started. “I say this respectfully, that’s a matchup that I have dominated since I got to the league.”
“I say this respectfully, but that’s a matchup I’ve dominated since I got to the league.”
– Joel Embiid on his matchup against Myles Turner.
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) March 2, 2021
It sounds vain and harsh, but Embiid isn’t wrong. Over the years, he has done extremely well — averaging over 28 points per game.
Joel Embiid in 10 games in his career against Myles Turner before tonight’s contest: 28.4 points 12.6 rebounds 3.5 assists
Turner in those games: 8.2 points and 5.4 rebounds
Tonight’s numbers for Embiid: 24 and 13 on 10/17 shooting #Sixers
— Ky Carlin (@Ky_Carlin) March 2, 2021
Embiid has dominated many matchups over the years but, this season, he seems to be on a special tear. Averaging 30 points, 11.3 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game on 51% shooting, he has emerged as one of the best players in the NBA, and a sure-fire MVP candidate.
So while the star has talked a big game, he (amazingly) has been able to back it up with his play on the court.