Embiid scores 26 to help Sixers beat Celtics, 89-80

by Olga Hunt January 21, 2018, 0:27
Embiid scores 26 to help Sixers beat Celtics, 89-80

The NBA announced today that Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid was named an Eastern Conference starter for the 2018 All-Star Game in Los Angeles. However, according to Embiid, "a famous girl" he was trying to get with told him to come back when he was an All-Star. In addition to Joel Embiid, the Eastern Conference will be represented by Kyrie Irving, DeMar DeRozan, Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James, who had the most votes overall.

Ben Simmons has followed being overlooked for the starting five in the East NBA All-Star team with a quiet performance in his side Philadelphia's upset away win over Boston. The all-star reserves, selected by the league's coaches, will be announced January 25. The starters from the West are Curry, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. He was traded the next off-season The year prior, Andre Iguodala was a coaches selection to the He was gone the following year as well.

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The Celtics had won the previous three matchups this season. The last time the Sixers had a player compete in the annual event was Jrue Holiday in 2013.

Based on fan balloting, Irving was positioned to be named an All-Star starter on Thursday night. Each player's score was calculated by averaging his weighted rank from the three voting categories. It merely gave him one point better in the fan ranking. The fans accounted for 50 percent of the vote total, with the media members and players accounting for 25 percent each. He was nearly a sure bet to be one of the five East starters. The game will be February 18 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. As the two leading vote-getters on the fan side of things, James and Curry will be the captains in the revamped All-Star game, free to pick their teams at their own discretion. Regardless of how the Cameroonian big man's love life works out, the 76ers playing their best basketball in years, and need to continue to work work work work work for a spot in the NBA Playoffs over the next 41 games.

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