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Joel Embiid, Luka Doncic set for pay raises after making All-NBA teams

Joel Embiid

Joel Embiid and Luka Doncic both are in line for big pay raises after making the All-NBA teams this year.

Embiid and Doncic were both named to the All-NBA teams that were announced on Tuesday. Embiid made the second team for the second time in three years. That makes him eligible for a super max contract extension worth an approximate $191 million.

Doncic made first-team All-NBA for the second year in a row. That makes him eligible to sign a rookie max extension for 30 percent of the salary cap. ESPN’s Bobby Marks projects the extension as being worth around $201.5 million.

Jayson Tatum and Donovan Mitchell were also impacted. Tatum made third-team All-NBA last season but missed the cut this year. Mitchell has not yet made an All-NBA team. They were eligible to receive an additional $33 million if they were named to an All-NBA team.

Here is an explainer regarding terms that guide supermax contract extensions and how honors like All-NBA affect them.

Clint Capela shares his strategy for slowing down Joel Embiid

Clint Capela

Joel Embiid had a rough game for the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night. Clint Capela feels his strategy against the big man is paying off.

Embiid went 4-for-20 and missed all 12 of his shots after halftime of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals series between his Sixers and the Atlanta Hawks. The Sixers star is playing through a knee injury and seemed to be bothered by it. Capela also feels that fatigue is playing a factor in Embiid’s play.

Capela spoke after Atlanta’s 103-100 overtime win and talked about how he has tried to tire out Embiid.

“Making his job tougher, contesting everything, making him work. I saw that whenever you wear him out, everything becomes tougher for him. I knew that it was a long series. When the fatigue comes in, it’s a different ballgame,” Capela said.

Whether it’s fatigue or the torn meniscus in his right knee, Embiid is not at 100 percent. He knows that and admitted after the game that his knee is preventing him from being at his best. The question is how far the Sixers can go with Embiid playing hurt. The series between the teams is tied at two. And maybe some of the trash talk between Embiid and Capella will continue.

Video: Joel Embiid has must-see reaction to Kawhi Leonard dunk

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Joel Embiid was talking with the media on Monday when Kawhi Leonard threw down his huge slam dunk against the Utah Jazz. Luckily, we were able to see his reaction to the moment in real time.

Leonard went viral for a huge dunk on Derrick Favors late in the second quarter of Game 4 between his Los Angeles Clippers and the Utah Jazz.

Embiid was doing a postgame media session following his Philadelphia 76ers’ overtime loss to the Atlanta Hawks in Game 4 of their series. Check out Embiid’s reaction:

“You see that Kawhi dunk? Man,” Embiid said.

Embiid had a rough night for Philly. He went 0-for-12 in the second half and is trying to play through a knee injury. The Sixers also blew an 18-point lead. But as his reaction to the Leonard dunk showed, his spirit is not completely defeated, which is a good thing.

Video: Joel Embiid tells Hawks fans to ‘shut the f— up’

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Joel Embiid had a profane message for Hawks fans during Game 4 in Atlanta on Monday night.

Late in the third quarter of the Eastern Conference semifinals series between Embiid’s 76ers and the Hawks, the Philly big man took issue with the officials. Embiid seemed to be upset that he didn’t get a foul call after being pushed under the basket and also after attempting an outside shot.

Embiid complained to the officials and pointed at one of them. When he got done saying his piece, fans booed him.

Embiid responded by telling the fans to “shut the f— up!”

The series was heated and Game 4 is a pivotal one. If the Hawks were to tie it up, then the series would be much closer. But if Philly got the win, they would be very close to having the series in hand. That explains the tense atmosphere.

Or maybe Embiid was just learning from Atlanta’s star, who loves playing to the opposing fans.

Joel Embiid, Clint Capela have funny way of talking trash to each other

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The Philadelphia 76ers and the Atlanta Hawks are already making for a very entertaining playoff series. Their starting centers are having some fun with each other as well.

Hawks big man Clint Capela said this week that he and Sixers counterpart Joel Embiid have been talking trash to each other in French during their second-round series, per Zach Klein of WSB-TV in Atlanta.

Capela, who is of Swiss descent, attended the INSEP Academy in France as a teenager. As for Embiid, he hails from Cameroon. But French is one of the several languages he speaks fluently.

The series is currently tied 1-1 as it shifts over to Atlanta for Game 3 on Friday. But the friendly back-and-forth between Embiid and Capela is reminiscent of a similar display we have seen elsewhere in the NBA.

Doc Rivers issues warning about Joel Embiid’s health

Joel Embiid

Joel Embiid looked sharp in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal, but that doesn’t mean the Philadelphia 76ers center is in the clear for the remainder of the playoffs.

76ers coach Doc Rivers cautioned Monday that even though Embiid played well Sunday and felt good Monday, the team had to manage his meniscus issue carefully and he would still be considered day-to-day for some time.

Embiid delivered 39 points and nine rebounds Sunday against the Hawks in a losing effort. That said, he’d been rested for several days. It remains to be seen how well Embiid holds up playing roughly every other day on his right knee.

As good as Embiid was, the Sixers still lost Game 1. Rivers’ biggest concern might be figuring out a way to slow this guy down.

76ers not ruling Joel Embiid out for Game 1 against Hawks

Joel Embiid

The Philadelphia 76ers still don’t know how long they will be without Joel Embiid, but there is clearly some optimism that his absence could prove to be a very short one.

Sixers coach Doc Rivers said Friday that Embiid went through most of the day’s practice, and that the star center had at least a chance of playing Sunday in Game 1 against the Atlanta Hawks.

Even if Embiid doesn’t end up playing Sunday, this has to qualify as encouraging news. It suggests that he’s getting fairly close to returning after suffering a small meniscus tear in Game 4 against Washington. So far, he’s only missed Game 5 of that series, which Philadelphia won without him.

Embiid will arguably be more important against the Hawks than he was against the Wizards. Where Washington lacked a quality center, Atlanta has Clint Capela, who Embiid is capable of neutralizing. Plus, Embiid’s presence takes some of the pressure off Ben Simmons.

Joel Embiid goes to locker room after suffering hard fall

Joel Embiid

The Philadelphia 76ers dealt with a big injury scare Monday night when center Joel Embiid went to the locker room late in the first quarter.

Embiid fell hard on his back after driving to the basket in the first quarter and seemed to be feeling it after the fall. He remained in the game at the time, but then was seen heading to the locker room late in the first quarter.

There didn’t seem to be an enormous amount of concern about Embiid’s status, but anything is scary for Philadelphia at this point. They’re up 3-0 against the Washington Wizards, and they would hate to lose a key player finishing off a series they were likely to win no matter what.

This isn’t the first injury scare Embiid has suffered this season. For the Sixers’ sake, hopefully it’s nothing serious and purely precautionary.

Old Russell Westbrook clip about Joel Embiid goes viral after Wizards win

Russell Westbrook

The Washington Wizards on Thursday beat the Indiana Pacers 142-115 to secure the No. 8 spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The win means the Wizards will face the No. 1-seeded Philadelphia 76ers.

Almost immediately after Washington’s win, an old clip of Russell Westbrook talking about Joel Embiid went viral.

Here’s the clip, but beware of the foul language.

The video dates back to a January 2019 game between the Sixers and Thunder. Westbrook was driving to the basket and got fouled hard by Embiid while going for a shot (video here). Westbrook was asked after the game whether he and Embiid were cool, and that’s when Westbrook gave his response.

It’s unclear whether their relationship has since improved. Their teams will go at it in the first round of the playoffs, and we’ll get a chance to see.

Look: Joel Embiid wears huge ‘Big Energy’ chain

Joel Embiid chain

Joel Embiid stood out on Sunday for the outfit he was wearing on the bench.

Embiid did not play in his Philadelphia 76ers’ game against the Orlando Magic. His 76ers had already clinched the No. 1 spot in the East, so it was not necessary for him to play.

But that doesn’t mean Embiid wasn’t trying to inspire his teammates. He did so with a huge chain hanging from his neck. The chain shows someone flexing and it says “Big Energy” on it.

The chain is part of the team’s culture. It is awarded to a player who brings the most positive energy to the team. The tradition was borrowed from a coach who was previously in Portland. Other players have also described the chain as being awarded to a player who has a strong work ethic.

Chains have become a symbol often used by teams to build camaraderie. That appears to be the case with the Sixers, and it seems to be working.