Losses happen, especially when you are on a streak of playing several good teams, including a win over former friend Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat just two days ago. We knew there was a chance that the Minnesota Timberwolves could lose against the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday because they are a good team as well, and it was a road game. However, the way they lost was not ideal in that the 76ers didn't really outplay them.
Did the Timberwolves lose? Yes. But the game was in the Sixers' favor from the get-go, and everyone saw that. As soon as Embiid was "fouled" the first time in the game, it was very apparent the Timberwolves were going to lose.
There are specifically two or three calls where Karl-Anthoy Towns or Rudy Gobert are not even touching him and never touches him, and Embiid shoots a jumper, and a foul is called. Now, don't get me wrong, Embiid is an amazing player and a guy who can help you win; however, the way he got his 50 points was very disingenuous.
Can Embiid be fun to watch? Yes. But it's apparent the league has an officiating issue when calling Sixers games. In a way, Anthony Edwards said the same thing after the game.
"Man, my brother was just texting me like, 'Bruh, I ain't never seen nothin' like it.' He's unstoppable, man. I don't see how they lose a game, honestly," Edwards said after the loss. "I don't know how they lose a game. When he plays like that, he always plays like that. Especially when the refs are calling it like that, there's nothing you can do. You can't put a finger on him. He's up there, man."
You literally cannot lay a finger on him. But you can also spin it and say it's not Embiid's fault; it's the NBA's. Any player who noticed the league was doing that would also take advantage, and you would be dumb not to. That's what Embiid is doing.
That was the first night of a back-to-back for the Timberwolves, where Thursday night, they will go on to play the Los Angeles Lakers, who have another big man in Anthony Davis, who is pretty good. Let's see if this defense can get back on track.