Raptors fans got the last laugh over Joel Embiid once again on Monday night.
In their first meeting since Kawhi Leonard’s epic Game 7 buzzer beater last spring, the Toronto Raptors beat the Philadelphia 76ers 101-96.
The night was extra painful for Embiid, Philadelphia’s star centre, who had a night to forget.
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Embiid was held to zero points on the evening for the first time in his 171-game NBA career. He shot 0-for-11 from the field, to go with 13 rebounds, two assists, and four turnovers.
The Raptors, who of course no longer have Kawhi, were led offensively by Pascal Siakam (25 points) and Fred VanVleet (24 points).
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Embiid was mocked by Drake, who was sitting courtside, as well as Raptors fans all night long. Fans appeared to really get into the 7-foot centre’s head by pretending to fly around like airplanes while he shot a pair of free throws early in the second quarter.
He missed both of them.
Raps fans continue to mock Joel Embiid's airplane celebration from the 2019 playoffs. 😂✈️ pic.twitter.com/GgL6K4YhK4
— J.E. Skeets (@jeskeets) November 26, 2019
Embiid appears cursed against the Raptors ever since his breakout performance in Game 3 of their playoff series. The 25-year-old scored 33 points that night, celebrating by flying around the court like an airplane.
Since he took flight, Embiid has shot 18-for-60 from the field in five games against the Raptors, averaging just 12.4 points per game — well below his 27.5-point average last season — as Marc Gasol appears to have his number.
Here’s a breakdown of his offensive performances against Toronto since Game 3:
- May 5 (Game 4): 11 points (2-for-7)
- May 7 (Game 5): 13 points (5-for-10)
- May 9 (Game 6): 17 points (5-for-14)
- May 12 (Game 7): 21 points (6-for-18)
- November 25: 0 points (0-for-11)
Embiid was also the player who contested Kawhi’s Game 7 buzzer beater, unable to block the shot that ended the Sixers’ season.
The mocking of Embiid continued on social media, where fans had a good time as his expense.
Joel Embiid in the 5 games vs the Raptors since he decided to windmill dunk and do airplanes down the court:
18-60 from the field (30%), 12.4 PPG, 23 turnovers
— Champ (@ViCandeloro325) November 26, 2019
It’s this goofy ass airplanes move that cursed Embiid pic.twitter.com/mgLJfrjZjB
— Pascal Siakam stan account (@tiannawest) November 26, 2019
Embiid missing both free throws while the fans do airplanes is hilarious
— James (@Account4hockey) November 26, 2019
Raps fans making crying faces to Embiid and this guy threw up ZERO points Lmaoo
— Larry Lovestein (@andykovachis) November 26, 2019
Pascal Siakam > Joel Embiid
— #1 Terrence Davis Fan Account (@zuffthegoof) November 26, 2019
embiid was 10 points away from a double double
— joe ingles stan and tony bradley fan account (@imacuteboi) November 26, 2019
Pascal and Freddy are actually what Philly fans think Simmons and Embiid are 😂😂
— Hasan Tahir (@Jabber_Wocky) November 26, 2019
Can't believe we really broke Embiid
That shot just shook the man to his core
— Terence Davis II fan account (@6ixdog) November 26, 2019