The Philadelphia 76ers’ situation is already looking dire after only two games. The Sixers lost their second game in a row on Thursday night, which led to this. Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks handed Philly another discouraging defeat this night, 90-88.
As he lost against Giannis in their superstar-versus-superstar clash on primetime, Joel Embiid did not play at his best. Obviously, the local Twitter community had a lot to say about the Sixers star’s abject performance against the Bucks:
Joel Embiid in the second half:
3 TOV@PointsBetUSA pic.twitter.com/g1pUATITma
— StatMuse (@statmuse) October 21, 2022
This is one of the worst quarters Joel Embiid has ever played. So sloppy. Constant pouting. Low energy. When are we getting the MVP revenge year? pic.twitter.com/XH9xWNgTPQ
— Kevin O’Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) October 21, 2022
So disappointed in Joel Embiid. He just didn’t have it tonight, but truly great players reach down and guts it up late in bad games. Almost looked like Embiid gave up on both ends, quit asserting himself. Harden brought them back. But Joel was too much of a liability.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) October 21, 2022
Fair enough, Embiid did have this coming after his terrible performance in the second half. In 36 minutes of action, the Sixers big man ended with 15 points on 6-of-21 shooting, 12 rebounds, three assists, a block, and four turnovers. Embiid also sparked a plethora of Twitter memes:
Embiid s nightmare tn pic.twitter.com/XqqjZGfm3g
— Grayson Allen Enjoyer (@GoatedGrayson) October 21, 2022
Embiid with the smallest amount of contact pic.twitter.com/41TVDjQL76
— GiannisMuse (@GiannisMuse) October 21, 2022
Joel Embiid when he isn t getting calls pic.twitter.com/kGeSeJ76G9
— Mink Flow (@currypistonn) October 21, 2022
Sixers fans watching Embiid tonight pic.twitter.com/qdVvm6m7lD
— Pi ata Farms: The Meme App (@pinatafarms) October 21, 2022
She wrote more for the Embiid trolls on social media than just that. Some even felt the need to point out how, as a result of Embiid’s decision to go MIA, James Harden has become the Sixers’ main star:
Embiid and Harden switching roles this season, you d never expect that
— (@FanMahome) October 21, 2022
Embiid better get it together before Harden finds another city he likes
— Dom2K (That Dom Guy((Celtics expert)) (@Dom_2k) October 21, 2022
Fair enough, Joel Embiid did well for the Sixers in their season-opening game against the Boston Celtics. Nevertheless, they lost, which essentially negates JoJo’s double-double of 26 points and 15 rebounds.
The Sixers’ next opponent, the San Antonio Spurs, is good news for Embiid and the team. They should have a fantastic chance to recover from this now. However, another setback would essentially mean disaster for Philadelphia.
A post-NBA Joel Embiid of the Sixers is criticised on Twitter for his poor performance against the Bucks, as first reported by ClutchPoints.