C - PHI
The Philadelphia 76ers and Doc Rivers have reached an agreement for Rivers to become Philadelphia's next head coach.
Rivers is undoubtedly an upgrade over Brett Brown, who was ousted quickly after the Sixers first-round loss to the Celtics. Rivers is a good fit for the Sixers as a former point guard in the NBA and won a championship as head coach of the Celtics in 2008. There's no question that Rivers will have his work cut out for him. The Sixers have some substantial contractual hurdles to overcome along with apparent deficiencies in skillsets and chemistry issues, so he'll be busy in his first season at the helm.
Joel Embiid put forth his best effort in Game 4, recording another monster double-double, scoring 30 points (8-18 FG, 1-5 3PT, 13-18 FT) with 10 boards, three steals, two blocks, and four turnovers as the Sixers get swept by the Celtics.
Embiid looked visibly gassed down the stretch in this one, and rightfully so. He put the team on his back each and every game against the Celtics, but the Sixers came up short in all four games, ultimately leading to a series sweep. He ended the series averaging 30 points and 12.3 rebounds per game, but it just wasn't enough to get in the win column.
Joel Embiid scored a game-high 30 points (7-20 FG, 2-5 3PT, 14-16 FT) to go along with 13 rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block, and four turnovers across 35 minutes in a loss on Friday in Game 3.
Embiid is doing just about everything he can to lead the Sixers to a victory in this series, but they fell flat on their faces in the fourth quarter. Philadelphia played through the big man, and he delivered for the most part down the stretch, continually getting fouled and going to the charity stripe when the Sixers needed a score. Now down 3-0 in the series, Philadelphia doesn't appear to have enough in the tank to pull off a win in Game 4.
Joel Embiid posted a very respectable 34 points (11-21 FG, 12-13 FT), 10 rebounds, three assists, one block, and two turnovers as the lone bright spot in a bad 128-101 Game 2 loss to the Celtics.
Embiid now has 60 total points and 26 total rebounds in two games against the Celtics. He's not getting much support from the rest of the team, and it's showing as he looks gassed down the stretch. Embiid will do everything he can to put the team on his back the remainder of the series, so keep rolling him out for DFS purposes, but if the Sixers want to take a game or two, it's going to take more of a team effort.
Joel Embiid racked up 26 points (8-15 FG, 1-4 3PT, 9-12 FT), 16 rebounds, one assist, two steals, and one block in 37 minutes play Monday.
Embiid looked full strength and showed no ill-effects from injury he suffered earlier in the bubble. He'll be the focal point of the 76ers and is one of he safest fantasy players at center remaining in the playoffs.