Tuesday NBA Roundup: Joel Embiid Continues March Toward Rookie of the Year

January 3rd, 2017 by Adam Fromal Leave a reply »

Whether on or off the court, Joel Embiid isn't the least bit boring, so we should've expected him to celebrate his second consecutive Rookie of the Month selection in style.

And that's exactly what he did, sparking his Philadelphia 76ers in a 93-91 victory over reigning Rookie of the Year Karl-Anthony Towns and the rest of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The win wasn't always pretty: Philadelphia squandered a 26-point second-half lead, allowing Minnesota to complete the monumental comeback when Ricky Rubio hit a game-tying triple with 1.6 seconds remaining. But then Robert Covington happened while two Wolves surrounded Embiid, who was acting as a mere decoy:

That might have been the first time Embiid failed to take center stage.

The rookie center showed off some of his warts against Minnesota, forcing a few ill-advised shots in the face of heavy defensive pressure and turning the ball over at inopportune times. But he still finished with 25 points, eight rebounds, three assists, a steal and two blocks on 20 shots from the field.

Perhaps most importantly, Philadelphia outscored the oppositio ...

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