“It’s not really my job, it’s probably the coach’s job to talk to him.” Joel Embiid obviously attacks teammate James Harden after game 5

Joel Embiid, James Harden and Tyrese Maxey of the Philadelphia 76ers
Joel Embiid, James Harden and Tyrese Maxey of the Philadelphia 76ers

After scoring just 88 points in Game 5 of the series, the Philadelphia 76ers gave the Toronto Raptors an outside chance to create a big upset. With the series now at 3-2, Joel Embiid expects the coaching staff to encourage James Harden to take more shots.

The Philadelphia 76ers led the playoff series 3-0 against the Toronto Raptors. But “The North’s” brave play at the offensive end shut down Philly just to make things interesting in this series. Not only did the Raptors salvage their playoff game at Scotia Bank Arena, they also snatched one back in Philadelphia. Now that the series is entering Game 6, fans and pundits alike are concerned about Philadelphia’s lead. Joel Embiid, who was influential in the first three wins, was asked about the surprising turn of events. He commented on the 76ers’ team offensive gap in the last 2 games.

James Harden, another Philadelphia superstar, is putting in sizeable shots than expected, and Joel expects his coach to get Harden to play more offensively. The 76ers’ perimeter shooting has gone cold and their per-game points are drying up game after game. Losing Game 5 to Shorthanded (without VanVleet) could be an alarming sign for Doc Rivers and the team.

Joel Embiid wants to bet on James Harden and Tyrese Maxey’s offense

James Harden and Tyrese Maxey of the Philadelphia 76ers
James Harden and Tyrese Maxey of the Philadelphia 76ers

The 28-year-old strong center has been at his peak for some time, and his explosive performances in 2022 earned him his first-ever scoring title. The hot streak continued into the postseason as he averaged 25 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists per game in the first 5 games of the 2022 playoffs. But the superstar, who is reportedly playing with a thumb injury, has been limited to just about 20 points in the last two games, giving the Toronto team an advantage to grab some wins later.

Embiid was still 50% off the field and was badly scarred by the Raptors’ defense. With him double-collaborating near the edge; Embiid expects other peripheral players to throw in some shots, which would unleash some offensive pressure. Ironically, James Harden, a three-time scoring champion and elite range shooter, is shooting fewer shots (14 on average) per game and shooting just over 35%.

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Philly’s young sensation Tyrese Maxey, the team’s second-best postseason scorer, is averaging 21 points in 15 field goal attempts. Philadelphia have stacked offense in their ranks, with Tobias Harris and Danny Green capable of offering mid-range shooting efficiency.

According to Joel Embiid, who expects more scoring production from 2018 MVP Harden, it’s the coaches’ duty to direct and encourage him to shoot more. He said, “We all have to get better offensively. We missed a couple of wide open shots, sometimes I felt like we just invited, when I was doubled we weren’t attacking the ball aggressively.

The Raptors are given time to recover defensively, making shooting even more difficult and eventually hampering their scoring tally. Philadelphia scored a whopping 131 points in the opening game against the Raptors, but the final score has been settled ever since, and they struggled to break the triple-digit mark in the final game.

Also read: “This is rigged” Goran Dragic wants to hit the referee after committing a heinous game without a foul in Game 4

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