Thursday’s Sixers-Jazz game featured one of the most entertaining and compelling individual matchups of the season, when Defensive Player of the Year candidates Joel Embiid and Rudy Gobert went at it.
The two centers are known for their gritty, in-your-face defending, and they both resemble old-school big men, rather than the new-age, stretch-the-floor guys that pull up from the perimeter. Embiid and Gobert ply their trade close to the rim, rather than near the three-point arc.
Both players asserted their will in the game, with Embiid still managing a very impressive stat line: 23 points, 15 rebounds and six assists. He shared his thoughts on matching up against Gobert after the game.
That’s high praise coming from Embiid, who, more often than not, trolls his counterparts.