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Joel Embiid hangs with Steph Curry, talks about being 'tired of The Process' nickname

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Joel Embiid hangs with Steph Curry, talks about being 'tired of The Process' nickname

Joel Embiid was kind enough to grace Steph Curry with at least five minutes of his time when the Sixers traveled out to the Bay Area for their game against the Golden State Warriors back in January.

Joel joined Steph on his series called "5 Minutes From Home" in which the duo sit in the back seat of a car and chat on the way to Mrs. Curry's restaurant. Curiously, the clip lasts over 8 minutes.

Somehow, the two of them didn't mention their sneakers.

There's not a ton of new ground covered in their chat -- Joel talks about his journey onto the basketball court again -- but they do discuss Embiid's desire for a new nickname.

"The Process is never gonna be over. You gotta win a championship. When you win a championship, it starts over."

"I do like [the Process nickname]. Mainly because of the history of how we got here. That's why I like it. I'm actually thinking about creating something else. I'm tired of 'The Process.'"

Any suggestions, Sixers fans?

Embiid and Curry finish their trip with a meal at Steph's wife's restaurant.

The waitress jokes that the burrata appetizer they eat will be the key to the players dropping 50 points in the game the following night.

Almost. Steph went off for 41 but the Sixers got the win.

 

Newly minted All-Star Ben Simmons has finest NBA game in Sixers' win over Warriors

Newly minted All-Star Ben Simmons has finest NBA game in Sixers' win over Warriors

Questions about his jump shot and doubts about his performances against elite teams be damned.

Just hours after being named an All-Star, Ben Simmons had a virtuoso performance.

Joel Embiid has played like an MVP candidate, but on Thursday night, Simmons was the best player on the floor in the Sixers’ 113-104 win over the mighty Warriors at Oracle Arena (see observations).

For a team like Golden State, who had won 11 straight, they’re used to players like Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant giving their opponents fits — and Curry did, scoring a game-high 41 points. But the Warriors had no answer for Simmons, who had arguably his finest game as a pro.

"I don’t know if it’s just the awareness that he’s now an All-Star, if there was extra pressure or a burden that was kind of self-inflicted was removed. I don’t know," Brett Brown said to reporters postgame. "What I do know is he was incredible."

The numbers are certainly impressive as Simmons posted 26 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals, but it goes far beyond the box score. Simmons was efficient (10 of 13 from the field) and a menace on both ends of the floor.

While he’s recorded 20 career triple-doubles and he’s topped the 30-point plateau, those performances weren’t as impressive as what he did in Oakland on Thursday. And it didn’t really matter who was guarding him. 

Former Defensive Player of the Year Draymond Green, former NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala, future Hall of Famer Kevin Durant and a host of others had their chances and none could contain the 22-year-old Australian.

"Ben was a monster," fellow All-Star Joel Embiid said, adding that the duo's relationship continues to grow. "We can read each other better on the court. It’s scary because we have so much potential. I feel like a lot of people haven’t seen what I can really do and obviously him, too."

You can knock Simmons for his lack of a jumper. It’s fair. It’s one facet of his game that’s missing, but when you watch the impact he had against the Warriors, you can see what makes Simmons so special. It was a glimpse into what it looks like when a 6-foot-10 player with the skills of point guard and the strength of a power forward can put it all together.

The Sixers had struggled against the NBA’s elite. A big part of that was Simmons’ struggles against teams that are disciplined and play strong transition defense. When the game shrinks to the half-court, that’s when Simmons’ problems are magnified.

For one night, he put all that to bed. But was it the best game of his career?

"Maybe. I mean, I’ve had a few good games," Simmons said with a smirk. "It’s one of those games where things were clicking. I was just being aggressive, trying to make plays for my team, defensively and offensively."

He sure looked like he was right where he belonged Thursday, competing with some of the NBA's finest. The same can be said on Feb. 17, in Charlotte.

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Sixers 113, Warriors 104: All-Star Ben Simmons leads impressive win over mighty Warriors

Sixers 113, Warriors 104: All-Star Ben Simmons leads impressive win over mighty Warriors

BOX SCORE

Here they come, everybody …

It didn’t look pretty early, but the Sixers stormed back from a seven-point halftime deficit with a 42-point third quarter to beat the mighty Warriors, 113-104, Thursday night at Oracle Arena.

The Sixers (34-18) looked like they were walking into a buzz saw, but instead, they halted Golden State’s 11-game win streak. It didn’t look promising against the world champs early with a red-hot Stephen Curry and 13 first-half turnovers for the Sixers, but they fought back. They held the Warriors to just 47 percent from the field and 29 percent from three.

Here are observations from the Sixers’ biggest win of the season:

• Ben Simmons was named an All-Star for the first time in his young career and he certainly looked the part on Thursday. He was aggressive early and took advantage of any of the smaller defenders Golden State threw at him.

Generally when Simmons is attacking the rim and looking for his shot early — something he has done more recently — good things happen.

He finished with 26 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals. He was the Sixers’ best player Thursday night. You could argue it was the best game of Simmons' career. Brilliant performance.

• Joel Embiid relishes matchups against elite big men like DeMarcus Cousins. In this one, he forced the action early and committed seven first-half turnovers. The Warriors as a team did a nice job collapsing the paint and not allowing Embiid any easy post-ups.

The shooting numbers (8 of 24, 0 of 5 from three) don’t look pretty, but Embiid definitely made his presence felt and took a lot of the focus off his teammates. He also recorded his league-leading 42nd double-double with 26 points and 20 rebounds.

• Curry and Kevin Durant are practically unguardable. Brett Brown tried to throw different looks at both players.

Curry hit six threes and had 23 points in the first half on his way to a game-high 41 points. When he's on like that, there's not much you can do. Durant had 25 points but went just 1 of 8 from three. 

The Sixers did catch a break with Klay Thompson out of the lineup with an illness. That doesn't take anything away from the win.

• Jimmy Butler was pretty much invisible offensively in the first half. He went 0 for 5 from three and didn’t impact the game on that end at all, finishing with just seven points on 3 of 12. These are the types of games and moments the Sixers acquired Butler for, so it’s a little disappointing to have such a performance. But Butler is a four-time All-Star and he'll bounce back.

• The bench has been an obvious weakness for the Sixers all season, but two rookies have given them a huge boost recently and shined on Thursday.

Jonah Bolden’s presence was missed in the team’s win over the Lakers. Sure, the Sixers won the game rather easily, but whenever the Lakers made a run, it was with Embiid on the bench. Bolden was actually a plus-2 in the first half and a plus-10 overall vs. Golden State.

There was one impressive sequence in the first half when Cousins went right at him in the post. Bolden stood his ground, moved his feet well and eventually forced a jump ball as Cousins rose up for a shot around the rim. A similar play happened in the second half with Bolden getting the block. Cousins complained for a foul — shocking — but it just looked like a great defensive play by Bolden.

It’s not surprising to see Landry Shamet hit threes. He has the best three-point percentage of any rookie in the league that qualifies for the stat. What’s been encouraging about Shamet recently is his defense. He still has physical limitations on that end of the floor, but he continues to improve every game.

The first-year players combined for 18 points on 6 of 9 shooting.

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