Joel Embiid has been running his mouth since the day he stepped into the NBA, calling out players and teams left and right. And after Philadelphia defeated the Pistons yesterday 97-86, The Process had some words for Detroit’s center Andre Drummond.
“When we started the game, he was being aggressive,” Embiid said, “and he was talking, too. … So what I was like [in my mind], ‘You want to do that? I’m going to kick your [butt] then.’ So that’s what I did.”
Embiid certainly backed up his mouth, dropping 30 points on 11-for-15 shooting and grabbing nine rebounds in just 28 minutes.
— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) October 24, 2017
While Embiid did his job, it was Ben Simmons who made the Sixers go last night, recording his first triple-double of 21 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists in 34 minutes. But with all the talking and backing it up, its Embiid that gets the hype.
— NBA (@NBA) October 24, 2017
He certainly seems to be enjoying himself this year.
get a joel embiid in your life pic.twitter.com/9TM6YoyCvx
— Whitney Medworth (@its_whitney) October 24, 2017
Drummonds lack of defense was on display in the second quarter.
Throw it down, Joel!
Embiid has 13 including this emphatic slam over Andre Drummond. pic.twitter.com/pJQXLxFz9Q
— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) October 23, 2017
While Embiid is having a hot start once again, I’m with Paul Pierce on this one, let’s see him finish a whole season.
Paul Pierce on Joel Embiid:
“I’m tired of getting a little taste of him . I want the whole load” 🤣 pic.twitter.com/Iz8gnKmyZp
— ☇ASAP Sports News☇ (@ASAP_SportsNews) October 24, 2017
A taste of Embiid was more than Drummond and the Pistons could handle in their first go-round, but Drummond isn’t shying away…
See you Dec 2nd😏
— Andre Drummond (@AndreDrummond) October 24, 2017
Hopefully December 2nd is a different result for Drummond who had 14 points on 5-for-9 shooting, 14 rebounds and 4 steals last night (while making 4 of 6 free throws I might add), and a different result for the Pistons who were punched in the mouth early, fell behind by nine after the first and down 13 at halftime. Stanley Johnson took one shot in 18 minutes (he missed it), and the rest of the starters-not-named-Drummond were a combined 19-for-49 from the field (39%).