After blowing a 14-point lead, the Sixers were down just four points in the final minutes of Friday's loss to the Celtics. And then Joel Embiid happened.
'The Process' got the ball from T.J. McConnell at the three-point line and the veteran Al Horford charged towards him. This would have scared a lesser man, but Embiid is by no person's definition a lesser man. No, Embiid would flawlessly pump fake Horford into oblivion and move on with his day.
But he would not end there. No he would not. Joel Embiids don't simply pump fake when the basket is in sight. He made his determined move forward.
He put the ball on the floor, using the hardwood in a divine glide towards the hoop. Celtics defensive wiz Avery Bradley made a poke at the ball, but he had no chance of removing the ball from Embiid's possession.
Now Jae Crowder was the only man separating Embiid from the destined dunk. Crowder, a man with hair for days, has paid his dues to the basketball gods — going from back of the bench to rotation piece to starter — and isn't one to be easily posterized. Crowder makes $7 million a year in large part for his defensive prowess, but this is the Process we're talking about.
So Embiid's jump began. Like the leap of a unicorn, it was mesmerizing. The big man reared back his right arm, cradling the ball and slammed it through the cylinder for one of his better dunks.
Watch the dunk right here:
The dunk would not shake the Celtics to the core like it did to me, but it was a tantalizing display of everything right with Embiid's game. Believe it or not, it wasn't even Embiid's first rim-rattler of the game as he started the game off with one.
Cheers to many more!