Before the All-Star break, the Philadelphia 76ers won their final four games, and on Thursday, they play the Memphis Grizzlies. They want to keep the momentum going.
All-Star Joel Embiid, who scored 32 points for Team LeBron at the All-Star Game in Salt Lake City, will continue to be the driving force behind the Sixers’ success.
With an average of 33.1 points per game, Embiid ranks second in the league, just behind Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks, who scores 33.3 points per game.
Despite persistent left foot soreness that has bothered him for several weeks, Embiid decided to play Sunday. As the playoffs get closer, this will be something to focus on.
Since 2001, the Sixers have not made it to the Eastern Conference Finals. They can get there with a lot of talent, led by Embiid and James Harden.
With the exception of a 119-109 defeat to the Boston Celtics, the Grizzlies had won three of their previous four games before the All-Star break.
The All-Star Game featured two Grizzlies for the first time ever, with Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. competing.
That’s also because the Grizzlies have won this season, going 35-22. They reached 35 wins before the All-Star break for the third time in franchise history.
En route, the super skilled Grizzlies have acquired a standing as an actual group which different groups have reprimanded.
It is abundantly clear that the Grizzlies are one of the league’s deepest teams and have a real chance of winning the championship. When Kevin Durant was sent to the Phoenix Suns in a huge deal and Kyrie Irving was traded to the Dallas Mavericks, it became a much more difficult task.
The Grizzlies are confident that they will be able to present their case effectively beginning on Thursday against the Sixers.