When it comes to Joel Embiid the focus is on his MVP-level offensive game while his defensive abilities tend to be forgotten. Following a Game 3 win over the Raptors, the Cameroonian center talked about his defense and how it helps win games.

“My defense has really become underrated I don’t know why, maybe it’s because my offensive game has taken another step but that’s really what I care about the most,” Embiid said postgame.

“Playing against a guy like Pascal [Siakam] obviously he’s really good at what he does. He’s their best player. They run a lot of stuff through him. In that situation I lock in even more.

“To be able to defend their best player and make sure that nothing is easy or he’s not really able to score is always a good recipe to win.”