Stephen A. Smith Comments On Jokic Vs Embiid Bout

Stephen A. Smith Comments On Jokic Vs Embiid Bout

The match between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Denver Nuggets was an intense one which garnered the attention from all around the league. The clash between the two centers, Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid was a fiery one considering both players are the frontrunners for the MVP.

The Denver Nuggets were the victors with a scoreline of 114-110. Joel Embiid finished the game with 34 points, 4 assists and 9 rebounds. Jokic on the other hand had 22 points, 8 assists and 13 rebounds. The impact that both players had on the court was clearly visible.

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Jokic excelled in playmaking. He got his teammate to their spot and allowed them to score with ease. Also, since Jokic could score from almost anywhere on the court, he drew the attention of the defenders towards himself making it easier for his teammates to operate according to their strengths.

Embiid is a high volume scorer who can do anything on the offensive end. His dribbling skills which he has honed for years, have been showing their results this season. In addition to that, he puts work on defense, swatting away shot after shot and provides pressure on the paint.

Although Jokic was the victor, Embiid’s contribution cannot be taken away from him. Both players showcased their skills but the one bringing out his teammates strength won this bout. ESPN analyst, Stephen A. Smith shared his thoughts on the match.

Stephen A. Smith’s comments

“Joel Embiid’s MVP case is starting to show cracks big enough that Philadelphia might make it a tourist attraction. Let’s be honest, Nikola Jokic got the better of Joel Embiid on Monday night. The reigning league MVP knocked off his supposed biggest challenger, in Philadelphia.”

He added, “Came back and won on the road, despite being down by 19. Jokic is still leading his team to big victories, despite playing without the services of Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. It’s not the same story for Embiid.”

Smith’s opinion was surely accurate, but that does not mean that one player was better than the other. However, the results are what count the most and the Denver Nuggets victory puts Jokic ahead in the MVP race. In a playoff series it would be a different story as both teams would have 4 out of 7 chances to prove which is the better team. It would be a thrilling Finals to witness if both teams make it to that point.

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