Philadelphia 76ers Joel Embiid could not buy a bucket in the second half of Game 4 of the semifinal series between the Sixers and the Hawks.
Before the final two offensive possessions in the fourth quarter, Embiid was 0-4 from the field in seven minutes of playing time. He went 0-7 during the third quarter.
In the final 12 minutes, Philladelphia scored just 18 points in 12 minutes, with Embiid unable to finish around the basket. After the game, the Sixers’ superstar talked on his second half performance and how his knee injury affected his finish in the final possession of the game.
(via Sports Illustrated):
“I just didn’t have the lift,” the big man admitted on Monday night. “I thought I got fouled too. Usually, I would go up, especially for a bucket like that, trying to dunk it. [I would] try to get fouled and get an And-1. Like I said, I wasn’t able to jump for obvious reasons. It’s tough, but now we gotta think about Game 5.”
Since the start of the second round series vs. Atlanta, Embiid is battling a lateral meniscus tear. It’s evident that the issue is bothering him through the first four games of the series.
However, the Sixers were able to get two wins as they are heading back to Philadelphia for Game 5. Embiid and the Sixers will surely look to bounce back after a disappointing performance.