Morning Wood: Historically Good

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Welcome to the moment. That’s the Sixers’ slogan, right?

Last night was the moment we were all waiting for. Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons entered the Staples Center for the second game in a row, penetrated the paint, scored at will, and didn’t even bother buying Lonzo Ball breakfast when they were done.

Let’s skip the pleasantries and get right down to the raw, hard facts: Joel Embiid put up 46 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists, 7 blocks, and shot 14-20 from the field, 2-3 from three, and 16-19 at the line. Those are transcendent numbers. What was that about his aggression and conditioning again? I couldn’t hear you through the visceral yells emanating from the courtside seats in LA.

Embiid is the first player ever to put up 46, 15, 7 and 7 in a game, and he’s the first player since Dr. J in 1982 to put up over 40 points, 7 assists and 7 blocks.

But that’s not enough. Embiid is eyeing a quadruple-double, and he knows who might be able to help him with that:

Good God the humanity.

I’m not even sure where to go next, so here are the highlights so you can get yourself lubed up for the rest:

There we go.

How good was Embiid? Apparently not as great as he can be. If you had to put a number on it…

Embiid is at 69%. More on Kevin Hart in a moment.

Are there more stats? You bet! Philly guy Kevin Negandhi has got you covered:

Are they lacking context? Sure. But who cares! Right about now you could tell me that Embiid was the first 7’0 player to score 46 and drop a 69 reference while making Lonzo Ball and the Lakers his bitch and I’d believe you. But that just sounds like a cherry-picked stat.

Let’s Wood!


Lolnzo Ball

Rough night for the balls. Just worn down and chafed for the entire game, with an epic blow-by to the cup. Ball finished with 2 points, 2 assists and 5 rebounds on 1-9 shooting.

The good news is that he won the battle with Markelle Fultz:

Against Embiid and Simmons, however, it was a different story. Gonna be a long run home to daddy in Lavar Fars Iran:

The amount of shade being thrown by that post would could envelop our planet and solve global warming.


Ben Simmons

Lost in Joel Embiid’s domination is the fact the Ben Simmons was one rebound away from a triple-double. He put up 18, 9 and 10, which is quickly becoming the norm. I think we’ve reached the point where we’re disappointed when he doesn’t put up a triple-double.


NBA 2K18

Embiid geting the 2K treatment.


Generational footwork

That little shimmy at the end turned me on a little bit. A lot a bit, actually.


Luke, I am your father

I wasn’t sure if that was an exaggeration, but the video of Walton talking about Embiid is even better:



The images coming out of this game are just outstanding. Gander:

all photos credit Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


Kevin Hart

Poor M Night. With the entire city and team owners supporting Meek Mill, and now Kevin Hart making his presence known at both games in LA, it has been a rough go for the local director. Hart may have wrangled away the number two spot with his post-game bro moves.



I actually wrote about the old guy in the cowboy hat the other day. Didn’t expect to see him at a Sixers game so soon.


Throwdown attempt

Mad respect here to Kuzma. Embiid acknowledges all attempts to challenge the alpha male.




The First Joel

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16 Responses

  1. Who cares about Embiid. Let’s go to the phones and continue with today’s topic of “who do you hate more: Hitler, Bin Laden, or Jerry Jones?”

    1. Philly sports talk radio is Eagles 24/7, with 5 minutes of Sixers talk and 30 seconds of Flyers talk.
      It’s pretty sad when you think about it heck even 97.5 the fanatic(home of the Sixers and Flyers) talks nonstop Eagles.

  2. Would love to see the cowboy hat super fan hangout with our super fan old guy with the floor seats . Mega powers

  3. Yo yo yo what up yall???
    Big ups to my man Drake for steppin in on his fan that disrespected a female.
    Mad props Drake. much respect.

  4. They looked like total shit. I had to look up what the initials stood for.

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