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Rudy Gobert has respect for Joel Embiid; Shake Milton finding a groove

Rudy Gobert has respect for Joel Embiid; Shake Milton finding a groove

Rudy Gobert has the utmost respect for Joel Embiid’s game. Shake Milton is getting into a groove. And unmanned 76ers aren’t good enough to turn things on late.

Below is my look at three things that stood out during the Reverse 112-109 of the 76ers to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

Saturday marked the fourth consecutive game that Embiid has scored at least 32 points. He finished 32 while making 18 of 20 free throws, along with nine rebounds, six assists and three steals.

The All-Star center made just 6 of 15 shots tonight. But Gobert, the three-time Defensive Player of the Year, is still impressed with Embiid’s skill set.

“He’s a very unique player,” the Timberwolves center said. “I know his ability with a certain power and delicacy to be able to attack the rim. But it will also make you pay for every mistake you make. It’s hard to watch.

“You have to be really solid. Even when you’re solid, he could hit the shot.”

While Embiid was the leading scorer, Milton was the most productive Sixer.

The team finished with a season-high 27 points on 10-of-15 shooting, including 3-of-5 3-pointers, along with six rebounds and two assists in 38 minutes, 3 seconds. If there was a negative, it was their six turnovers.

Milton thinks the playing time he’s getting is Tyrese Maxey sidelined with a fractured left foot it will help you move forward.

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“I feel like the more consistent I’m able to be out there and help the team win, the more comfortable I’ll be,” he said. “But my team, the whole team, does a good job of encouraging me to keep going even though I make mistakes.”

On Saturday, the Sixers told him to keep going, keep being aggressive and make plays.

“As long as I have that mindset,” he said, “I feel like I’m going to help the team.”

The Sixers (8-8) looked like a team on the move in the first half. And that led to the Timberwolves (8-8) building a significant 20-point cushion in the second quarter.

Some praised a Sixers team, playing without starters Maxey, James Harden and Tobias Harris, for closing the gap to 110-109 with 29.1 seconds left.

But…

“You can’t be that cocky all game and expect to come out on top,” Milton said. “I definitely think we should have come out early and been a little more consistent.”



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