It’s by no means boring with Joel Embiid.
The Sixers’ celebrity large man continues to play at an MVP stage and dropped 31 factors within the first half Thursday night time towards the Blazers after heading again to the locker room within the first quarter with an damage scare.
Embiid appeared to hyperextend his proper knee on a clumsy touchdown after a chase-down block of an Enes Kanter layup halfway by the primary quarter. The Sixers known as a timeout on the subsequent possession. Embiid exited gingerly, grabbing his proper knee and limping off the ground as the whole fanbase held its breath.
He returned to the sidelines after about three extra minutes of game-time and was again in with 1:21 left within the first.
Within the second quarter, Embiid went off to maintain the Sixers within the sport, scoring 25 of their 29 factors in a sport tied at 57 on the half.
The 25 factors tied Andrew Toney’s mark from March of 1982 for essentially the most by any Sixer in 1 / 4.
The 31 first-half factors have been one shy of Embiid’s career-high.
Embiid is simply on a completely totally different stage this season. By halftime, it was already his eighth 30-point sport within the 18 he’s performed. He went 11 for 17 from the sphere and made all 9 free throws within the first half.