Joel Embiid not a fan of the new ball either



Rich Hoffman: Joel Embiid on cold shooting: “I’m always looking for excuses but the ball is different. Still don’t feel comfortable with it… Last year, I was the best midrange shooter in the league. So some point it’s gonna come back.” Curry enters. “Obviously he’s not struggling with it.”
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Three key plays from 76ers win over Bulls: A clutch shot from Seth Curry, a monster block from Joel Embiid
By: @therealmikekb…11:29 PM

Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
Joel Embiid on his defense: “Obviously the shots are not falling to start the year. I’ve been focusing a lot on the defensive end. I feel with the offense not being nowhere close to where it should be, the defensive end is where I should put a lot of time.” PM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Here’s Embiid talking about the new Wilson ball this year, noting that more guys than not (including his teammate Seth Curry) are doing just fine with it PM

Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
Joel Embiid on cold shooting: “I’m always looking for excuses but the ball is different. Still don’t feel comfortable with it… Last year, I was the best midrange shooter in the league. So some point it’s gonna come back.”
Curry enters. “Obviously he’s not struggling with it.” PM

Derek Bodner @DerekBodnerNBA
Joel Embiid, on the NBA’s new ball and his struggles shooting from the perimeter: “The ball is different. Still not totally feeling comfortable with it…At some point, it’s gonna come. I’m not worried about it. Every single day I’m gonna keep working at it.” – 10:35 PM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Embiid mentioned the new Wilson ball is something he’s getting used to at the start of the season — can’t put his finger on what’s different about it, but as he tries to get adjusted to it, he’s focusing more of his energy on defense and playmaking for teammates – 10:21 PM

Noah Levick @NoahLevick
Joel Embiid said he thinks the ball is a factor in his slow shooting start.
Embiid: “I don’t know, it’s just different.”
He then pointed at Seth Curry and said, “Obviously he’s not struggling with it.” – 10:21 PM

Justin Grasso @JGrasso_
Joel Embiid says it’s been a process getting used to the new ball. Doesn’t want to use that as an excuse for his shooting struggles though #Sixers10:20 PM

KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Zach LaVine said he bumped knees with Joel Embiid on first play of game, played through it. – 9:47 PM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
The Sixers are 6-2 despite Embiid not playing all that well yet and 3/5 of their starting lineup out or not with the team, which is a credit to this group as a whole…9:30 PM

Trey Kerby @treykerby
Brick from Niang turns in to an Embiid offensive rebound, Thybulle poke from behind, overturned foul call, monster shot from Curry. Get em Saturday. PM

Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Final: Sixers 103, Bulls 98
Bulls (6-2) flirt with another big comeback, but Philly prevails
DeRozan: 37 pts
LaVine: 27 pts (5 tov)
Vucevic: 4 pts (2-7 FG)
Lonzo: 13 pts, 5 ast (5 tov)
Embiid: 18 pts, 9 reb, 7 ast
Curry: 22 pts
Sixers win bench scoring 30-13 – 9:24 PM

Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
Successful challenge on the big Embiid block on DeRozan, Embiid wins the tap and the shorthanded Sixers get out of here with a gutty win. Bulls made them earn that one.
It’s a 103-98 final. The Sixers improve to 6-2 on the year. Back to it tomorrow in Detroit. – 9:24 PM

KC Johnson @KCJHoop
76ers 103, Bulls 98
DeRozan 37 points, 10 rebs
LaVine 27 points, 9 rebs, 5 TOs
Vucevic 4 points (2-7 FG), 10 rebs, 6 assists
Curry 22 points
Embiid 18 pts, 9 rebs, 7 assts – 9:23 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
This is another nice win for the Sixers without Tobias Harris (and Ben Simmons) against the Bulls. This week looked like it would be a lot different before tipoff Monday with no Embiid and Harris likely out until late next week. Instead, Philly gets two wins in a row. – 9:23 PM

Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
6 seconds left, Embiid meets DeRozan at the rim PM

Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry
Y’all can debate the foul.
I’m more amazed DeMar DeRozan took the bump from Joel Embiid at the rim, didn’t budge, and it was Embiid who hit the deck. – 9:20 PM

Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
That DeRozan on Embiid play was not close to not being a foul. #Bulls9:19 PM

Jon Johnson @jonjohnsonwip
One hell of a block by Embiid. – 9:19 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Oh wow, that looks like an incredible block by Joel Embiid. Doc Rivers will challenge the foul call there. Embiid just made a huge defensive play. #Sixers9:19 PM

Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
DeRozan hits a tough jumper (over some more incredible defense from Thybulle) and the Bulls cut it to two with 29 seconds left.
My guess is Curry-Embiid two-man game, although Embiid’s touch is completely gone. Just trying to gut it out. – 9:15 PM

Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
DeMar cuts it to 2 with 29.9 left. Embiid solo show is not playing well last few possessions. – 9:14 PM

Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Embiid down for a few seconds after the Vooch foul … Hollywood ain’t calling! – 9:06 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Joel Embiid recovers the Georges Niang miss and he throws it down for an And-1 dunk. Huge play there. Philly goes up 94-89 with 5:00 left in the 4th. #Sixers9:05 PM

Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Vooch tried to pull the chair on Embiid, but that’s a recliner! Gets the foul. – 9:00 PM

Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
Danger zone here for the Sixers. They’re gonna need Embiid to be a lot better as a scorer than he has been so far tonight. – 8:58 PM

KC Johnson @KCJHoop
2nd time in 3 games Bradley is matched against a former practice sparring partner. Gobert, now Embiid. Forced a TO there. – 8:58 PM

Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
LaVine with the quick hesi… Embiid bit. Great finish on a 7-footer! – 8:32 PM

Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Javonte Green fighting off three Sixers for the offensive rebound, including Embiid. Get the putback! DeRozan basket and the Bulls are within 9! – 8:26 PM

Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Great screen by Embiid to keep Lonzo from the closeout on Doc’s son-in-law. – 8:19 PM

Lauren Rosen @LaurenMRosen
The @Philadelphia 76ers shoot 55.3% from the field and 53.8% from long range in the first half, and lead, 58-44.
Six Sixers scored from 3-point territory in the first half (Curry, Embiid, Korkmaz, Thybulle, Niang, Joe). – 8:04 PM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Halftime: Sixers 58, Bulls 44. Philly led by as many as 18 in the period, thanks to a 15-0 run. Niang has 12 points. Curry with 11. Embiid is 3-of-9 from the floor (8 points) but has 5 assists and 5 rebounds. – 8:02 PM

Lauren Rosen @LaurenMRosen
The @Philadelphia 76ers lead the Bulls, 58-44, at halftime.
Niang: 12 PTS
Curry: 11 PTS
Embiid: 8 PTS / 5 REB / 5 AST
Korkmaz: 9 PTS / 3 REB
Maxey: 6 PTS / 3 REB
Thybulle: 3 PTS / 2 STL / 1 BLK – 8:02 PM

KC Johnson @KCJHoop
76ers 58, Bulls 44 at half
DeRozan 16 points
LaVine 13 points
Niang 12 points
Curry 11 points
Embiid 8 points, 5 rebs, 5 assts – 8:01 PM

Lauren Rosen @LaurenMRosen
The @Philadelphia 76ers lead, 29-19, after Q1.
Curry: 9 PTS / 4-6 FG
Embiid: 5 PTS / 3 REB / 2 AST
Korkmaz: 5 PTS
Thybulle: 3 PTS / 1 STL / 1 BLK
Team: 54.5% FG, 50.0% 3fg – 7:32 PM

Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Sixers starters – Curry, Embiid, Korkmaz, Maxey and Thybulle … Embiid and Curry helps keep Philly out of bum status, but not a great team … 7-1 book it! – 6:33 PM

Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
Sixers starters vs. Chicago: Tyrese Maxey, Seth Curry, Furkan Korkmaz, Matisse Thybulle, Joel Embiid. – 6:32 PM

Noah Levick @NoahLevick
Joel Embiid is set to return tonight vs. the Bulls after a rest day Monday: AM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Joel Embiid is at shootaround this morning #Sixers AM

More on this storyline

Chris Mannix: CJ McCollum, the president of the NBPA, suggested players are still adjusting to the new Wilson basketball. Says he will discuss it with players this week to “get feedback.” -via Twitter @SIChrisMannix / November 2, 2021

Andrew Greif: Asked Paul George about his theory behind the league-wide shooting drops and he said he didn’t want to use it as an excuse but the new Wilson basketball “is a different basketball. … It doesn’t have the same touch and softness that the Spalding ball had.” -via Twitter @AndrewGreif / November 2, 2021


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