Before the 76ers played the Celtics on Friday night, Philly center Joel Embiid told reporters he was eager to guard Boston guard Isaiah Thomas on pick-and-roll switches.
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Moritz Boehringer Mens Jersey The athletic 7-0 Embiid vs. the mercurial 5-9 Thomas sounds like a bizarre modern-day David-vs.-Goliath matchup.
So how did it all play out? Thomas scored 24 points — albeit with a season-high seven turnovers — and the Celtics set a franchise record with 19 3-pointers in a comeback win over the 76ers.
Embiid, one of the league’s growing collection of multitalented young big men, led Philadelphia with 23 points in the losing effort.
But like Barkley and Malone, Anthony is still a great player. Like Patrick Ewing, whose popularity grows in New York with each year, as people cast fewer and fewer aspersions about his lack of a championship, Anthony has made his mark on the Knicks franchise. He should finish this season seventh in career points as a Knick and could end up as high as second, behind Ewing, despite playing out most of his 20s in Denver.
Much of the angst Anthony faces now is about how much he makes. But he was worth that max contract in 2014. He was coming off a season of 27.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 77 games, and his 40.2 percent on 3-pointers was the best of his career. Other teams — starting with the Lakers — would have been happy to lavish max deals on Carmelo, though they couldn’t offer as much as the Knicks.
His performance since signing the contract may leave something to be desired. His scoring efficiency fell back to earth, and he essentially skipped half of the abysmal 2014-15 season (though it is worth noting that had he played, the Knicks might have been too good to get the pick that became Kristaps Porzingis).