Several times on Tuesday night during the Philadelphia 76ers’ 118-102 victory over the Atlanta Hawks, the crowd at Wells Fargo Center greeted 76ers center Joel Embiid with “MVP” chants, just like they have done for the past several weeks since local officials allowed fans to attend games again.
The shouting came on the same night that Embiid found out he finished second in the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award voting behind Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic. After the win, which tied the Eastern Conference semifinals series at one game apiece, Embiid admitted he would have liked to have been named MVP, but his main goal is helping the 76ers win their first title since 1983.
“It’s disappointing because as a player you work hard for moments like this,” Embiid said. “But then again, it’s out of my control. There’s nothing I can do about it.”
He added: “I’m focused on the playoffs. I’m focused on winning the championship. Like I’ve been saying all season, we’ve got a good chance, so I’m not worried about those awards and stuff. If and when I’m holding that (NBA championship) trophy, anything else won’t matter.”