• Joel Embiid had a mixed bag in Saturday’s loss to the Raptors, scoring eight of his 14 points in the first quarter while adding eight rebounds, two assists, three blocks and a steal on 5-of-13 shooting.

    Embiid looked like a force early but had a harder time cracking the Raptor defense once everyone got settled into the flow of the game. The fact that this is a mediocre outing reinforces how dynamic he really is, and you’ll be hard pressed to find a guy who can make this much impact in 23 minutes. Embiid took a few hard falls but didn’t look any worse for wear, so hopefully he’ll be ready for a Christmas showdown in New York.

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