The Philadelphia 76ers lost to the Houston Rockets 118-108 Friday evening, giving the Sixers their fourth straight loss and dropping them to 3-7 in their last 10 games. James Harden went off for 44 points while Clint Capela added in another 30 points of his own. Following the game, Joel Embiid spoke to the media and vented his frustrations with the team’s recent play. When asked if the losing is taking it’s toll on the team, Embiid responded with the following:
Joel Embiid after the Sixers’ fourth straight loss: “It’s taking a toll on me. All I care about is winning. It sucks. We’ve got to find a way.” pic.twitter.com/jPE22Fgd56— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) January 4, 2020
The Sixers’ play has certianly taken it’s toll on me. This team has been incredibly frustrating to watch recently, whether it be a lack of effort or poor execution. To make things worse for the fans, one of the more refreshing aspects of the season, the emergence of Matisse Thybulle, has been put on hold. And now the atmosphere around the team has seemingly gone sour from the inside out.
That said, the Sixers are talented. And winning does cure a lot. Not all hope is lost. The Sixers’ four-game road trip was not friendly to them, but they now have a two-day break before finally being back home for a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Hopefully they can get back on track.
Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer posted an extended video of Embiid’s postgame comments which you can view below.