Winners of the Hawks in Game 3 of the conference semifinals, the Sixers again lead in this series. The men of Doc Rivers have in particular been able to contain a prolific Trae Young so far. Joel Embiid also had very clear words about the leader after the meeting.
Philadelphia is back in the game. After getting caught in Game 1, the Pennsylvania players are now catching up, even taking the lead with a 127-111 victory in Game 3. Joel Embiid (27 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists) notably delivered a very big performance to guide his team.
Opposite, Trae Young (28 points and 8 assists) could not weigh on the game as usual, even if he still squatted the throwing line (8 attempts). Ice Trae is also regularly criticized for his propensity to force opposing faults, sometimes in an exaggerated way. An opinion that The Process does not share:
He’s a smart basketball player. A lot of people complain, or we complain about fouls, but me, I’m in the same situation and I find myself on the free throw line – it’s more about basketball IQ. It’s hard to defend him. Especially after those pick-and-rolls, and you can’t get close to him because he’s smart enough to know how to get to the free throw line.
No hard feelings for the pivot of Philly therefore, who believes that the golden boy of the Hawks plays within the rules. It must be said that Jojo has a fairly personal approach to the subject. A few months ago, he had already shared his opinion on the massive collection of fouls by a single player. And his opinion was not much different then:
When you talk about fouling, a lot of people, I guess, call it flopping, all of that, but the way I see it, it’s more of being smarter than your opponent. You need a big basketball IQ. I say to the young players, “You have to be smart, as soon as you feel the contact you have to take it”, and that’s how you get a foul.
On top of that, you have to think about the fact that with the Sixers being ahead in the series, Embiid can approach the matter in a more relaxed way. His team quickly learned of his loss in Game 1, winning the next two games by large scores. He might have been a little more grumpy if Atlanta had taken off …
For Joel Embiid, criticism of Trae Young is irrelevant. The Camerouanis want to win, regardless of how their opponent goes about trying to defeat him. A hell of a competitive attitude.