Sixers Podcast: Philadelphia 76ers sit atop the Eastern Conference

Philadelphia 76ers, Joel Embiid. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Philadelphia 76ers, Joel Embiid. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports /

Welcome back to The Sixer Sense Podcast! How does it feel to be listening to a podcast covering the FIRST PLACE Philadelphia 76ers? Last night’s huge win over the Boston Celtics was a statement win for Nick Nurse, Joel Embiid, and the rest of the Sixers.

Jonathan Geib and Lucas Johnson recap the most recent four games, specifically highlighting the Celtics game. The previous wins for the Sixers came over the Toronto Raptors, which must have felt good for Nurse, the Phoenix Suns and KD, and the lowly Washington Wizards. In the first two games following James Harden’s departure, Kelly Oubre Jr. was the story as he joined the starting lineup and scored 23 and 25 points, respectively on efficient shooting. Everyone knows Oubre is streaky and that showed against the Wizards, but his play has been uplifting for this team and fanbase.

Speaking of the Wizards game, history was made for our reigning MVP. Joel Embiid scored 29 points in the third quarter which is a Sixers franchise record! Embiid ended the night with 48 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 assists on 17-25 shooting from the field and 14-14 from the free-throw line. He was simply remarkable. Through 3 weeks, Embiid is still averaging 6 assists per game which is the most notable addition to his game. He continues to improve and is making the team better as a whole in the process.

After recapping the games, Jonathan and Lucas discuss the impact of the players the Sixers received in the Harden trade. Will Nicolas Batum, Markeiff Morris, KJ Martin, or Robert Covington be contributing players for this Sixers roster come playoff time? In just a few appearances, Batum has created space on the floor, and RoCo appears to be as good as ever on the defensive end of the floor.

The podcast closes out with the guys discussing hot topics around the NBA. What do you think is the most important storyline through the first three weeks of the season? Give the podcast a listen below and comment your answer!

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