Joel Embiid had a rough outing against the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday.
In a 101-96 loss for the Philadelphia 76ers, the two-time All-Star failed to score a single point for the first time in his NBA career. He was 0-for-11 from the field and 0-for-3 from the free throw line. He also committed five fouls and four turnovers in 31 minutes of play.
Embiid entered the game averaging 22.8 points, 11.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists on the season, ranking third among centers in PER.
"I can't have this type of production," Embiid said after the game. "I would have never thought that I would be here, talking about zero points in an NBA game, but here's what it is. Some nights you make shots, some nights you don't ... You gotta keep grinding and keep working."
Embiid added that he thought Toronto's defensive scheme looked different than it did in the playoffs last year, when the Raptors limited him to 17.6 points on 37.0 percent shooting from the field over the seven-game series.
"They're everywhere," Embiid said of Toronto's length.
It takes a team to slow down a player of Embiid's caliber, but it was Marc Gasol who matched up with him for almost every second he was on the court. Embiid attempted only two shots in the paint with Gasol guarding him. His other nine came either from midrange or 3-point range.
"I don't know and if I did know I wouldn't tell you because we need him to keep doing it," Fred VanVleet said when asked about how Gasol has been so successful against Embiid. "I don't know if you can count on (Embiid) going scoreless most nights but we will sure take it."
With the win, the Raptors improve to 12-4 on the season. They're now 1.5 games ahead of the 76ers in the standings.
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