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Discussion in '2018 Celtics Game Threads' started by DeadlySplitter, Feb 12, 2019.
1 attempt is higher than his season average.
So when Smart dunked late, do we think it was the right move for Embiid not to challenge?
Not challenging makes it a 4 point game with under 24 second left. In the NBA that's about a 4% win probability. Challenging might mean fouling out, but maybe not, and makes Smart hit the FTs if you don't get the clean block. What's the math there?
With a minute left I can see Embiid not challenging, but I thought with only 24 seconds maybe he should have gone after Smart.
I think he has to try to block it. They have plenty of non Embiid options to take the last shot. It would suck for them to play an entire OT without him if that happens but you have to get there first. The only non obvious argument in his favor I can think of is that Marcus took off early and maybe some instinct kicked in that he might miss the dunk but challenging wouldbhave made that even more likely
So what is the deal with Janos? Do people really think it might be Ainge?
I'm sure he was talking about when Butler stuck his leg out twice shooting threes (both actually offensive fouls) and the Celtics got called for fouls on both plays. That has to be what Embiid is referring to.
Embiid is one of those players that I would despise even if he was playing on the team I was rooting for. The guy has zero ability to face actual adversity.
The officials suck. Yes. But for 3.75 quarters they were tilted towards you. Then on a single play they missed a foul against you. Sorry. But let’s look at things on balance.
I like Embiid but his saltiness when Horford and Baynes play real post defense on him isn't a good look. The contact modern bigs take is nothing compared to what bigs back in the 90s and before contended with on almost every possession.
Or when he dropped his shoulder into Horford and knocked him back 10 feet.
Or when Butler got the ridiculous continuation, but Jaylen Brown didn't.
Embiid is a great sports villain.