That mindset is what is going to carry Embiid and the Sixers the rest of the way. He has a nastiness streak to him right now and he knows it. It doesn’t matter who is in front of him. “It doesn’t matter who’s in front of me,” he stated bluntly. “As we’ve seen all season, it doesn’t really matter who has been in front of me. I just attack every single game I want to be aggressive. I want to get the other bigs in foul trouble, I want to get to the bonus early so now they’re going to stop playing physical. Even if they play physical I’m going to use that to my advantage to get the free-throw line.”
April 17, 2021 | 4:49 pm EDT Update
Dave McMenamin: The Lakers will not visit the White House and President Joe Biden to celebrate their 2020 NBA championship when the team travels to Washington, D.C. to play the Wizards later this month, a source tells ESPN. A future visit has not been ruled out completely, the source says.
Eric Walden: Quin, on being without Donovan for at least a week: “It’s a challenge for us to play without him, and obviously we want to get him back as soon as possible. … Hopefully we can try to improve in some other ways.”
Eric Walden: Asked what he’s looking for with so many guys out, Quin said: “It’s difficult to play the way we normally would, but it puts a premium on ball movement, particularly against the Lakers’ pressure. We’re gonna have to run as much as we can, have some guys be really aggressive.”
Gophers senior forward Brandon Johnson declared for the NBA draft on Thursday but said he will keep open the option to return to college.