Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic announced as Players of the Month for January


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Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
Denver’s Nikola Jokic and Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid are named NBA Player of the Month for January for their respective conferences. PM

Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
Jokic gets monthly MVP honors 🃏 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Nikola Jokic just won Western Conference Player of the Month. His averages in January: 24 points, 11.6 rebounds, 11.3 assists per game. Denver went 12-4. – 4:03 PM
Austin Krell @NBAKrell
Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic are your respective conference Players of the Month for January.
Embiid’s 2nd consecutive Player of the Month award, Jokic’s first this season. – 4:02 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Nikola Jokic was just named Western Conference player of the month for January. Joker averaged 24 points, 11.6 rebounds and 11.3 assists. The #Nuggets went 12-4 in January. PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid were each just named Player of the Month for their respective conferences. – 4:01 PM
Derek Bodner @DerekBodnerNBA
Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month for January. PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid are the NBA players of the month for January. PM

Justin Grasso @JGrasso_
Joel Embiid is the Eastern Conference Player of the Month for January. Two in a row for the #Sixers center – 4:01 PM
Cody Taylor @CodyTaylorNBA
Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokić and Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid have been named the NBA Western and Eastern Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played in January. PM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
January players of the month:
Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic – 4:00 PM
Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid and Denver’s Nikola Jokic were just named East and West Player of the Month for January by the NBA.
More NBA from me: marcstein.Substack.com4:00 PM
Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
In his 1st 2 matchups with Joel Embiid in his career, Magic rookie Paolo Banchero was impressed with what Embiid was able to do the last 2 nights #Sixers… via @SixersWire3:25 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Most quarters with 5+ blocks this season:
2 — Walker Kessler
1 — Joel Embiid, Jaren Jackson Jr. PM

Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
James Harden is shooting 25-56 on catch-and-shoot 3-pointers this year.
Joel Embiid: “That’s not something he was comfortable with. But he’s gotten better over time and he’s taking more and more. He needs to take more than he does, but it’s a good step.”…2:17 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Asked Marcus Camby if Nikola Jokic reminds him of anyone from his era.
“He gets the job done a la Tim Duncan,” Camby told DNVR. “He’s probably the closest guy I can say, but there’s nobody like Jokic. He’s definitely a Hall of Famer right now.”…2:16 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Bruce Brown said his good friend Georges Niang put on his IG story that Joel Embiid was MVP. Bruce responded and they went back-and-forth promoting their guys.
“On my side, obviously Jok is MVP,” Brown said. – 2:11 PM
BasketNews @BasketNews_com
Malcolm Delaney names the biggest difference between Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid 👀 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Joel Embiid and James Harden discuss their potential All-Star calls before the reserves are announced on Thursday #Sixers… via @SixersWire12:17 PM
Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Joel Embiid, James Harden expected to be named NBA All-Star reserves Thursday night… via @phillyinquirer – 10:17 AM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Jimmy Butler has played more games than Steph Curry, Zion Williamson, Anthony Davis. Devin Booker, and James Harden
1 less than Embiid, 2 less than Lillard, KD
Let’s not just sit back and pull the games played card when we feel like it
The focus is Bam, but Jimmy has a shot – 10:13 AM
Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
The Magic made the Sixers work.
Joel Embiid was forced to hold up in perimeter, isolation defense. James Harden made three catch-and-shoot 3s.
On a night the Sixers stars showed some adaptability: AM

Christos Tsaltas @Tsaltas46
Well, the best player in the world is Greek (Giannis), the MVP of the NBA is Serbian (Jokic), the most fascinating player is Slovenian (Luka), the most improved player is Turkish (Sengun) and the rookie of the season is Italian (Banchero). European basketball took over the NBA! – 10:36 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Sabonis tonight:
34 PTS
11 REB
First player with that statline or better on 75 FG% since Jokic last season. PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Michael Malone will coach Team LeBron at the All-Star Game. He’d rather a vacation, but at least Nikola Jokic will be on the floor in the 4th quarter if LeBron drafts him. – 9:50 PM
Austin Krell @NBAKrell
Doc Rivers, asked if he feels like he has bigs behind Joel Embiid that he can trust in the playoffs, says that he does trust Montrezl Harrell and Paul Reed in the playoffs and that they’ll push each other.
Adds that PJ Tucker will get a look at the backup center spot, as well. – 9:39 PM
Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
4-block quarters in the NBA this season:
Walker Kessler has 4
Jaren Jackson Jr. has 3
Joel Embiid, Christian Koloko, and Evan Mobley have 2
6 other players have 1 – 9:33 PM
Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
28-11-3 for Embiid.
26-9-10 for Harden.
Box score probably undersells those efforts. One of the better defensive games for Embiid in a while, and a great halfcourt game for Harden. Good response after the loss the other night…9:23 PM
Derek Bodner @DerekBodnerNBA
Sixers pull away in the 4th, win 105-94 to split the two game set with Orlando.
Embiid had 28 points on 9-17 shooting to lead the way. Harden added an efficient 26/9/10, although with 7 frustrating turnovers mixed in.
Orlando shot just 6-39 from 3, which helps. – 9:23 PM
Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
Franz Wagner and Joel Embiid end the game with a playful conversation after Embiid stopped Wagner in a one-on-one situation for the third or fourth time. Strong defensive game for Embiid.
Sixers beat Orlando, 105-94. They are 33-17. – 9:22 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
76ers duo tonight:
Embiid — Harden —
28 PTS 26 PTS
11 REB 9 REB
9-17 FG 10 AST
PPG leader and APG leader this season. PM

Khobi Price @khobi_price
76ers leading 93-83 with 7:38 remaining after Tyrese Maxey’s corner 3. Philly on a 11-2 run.
Magic’s offense has stagnated. These Embiid-less minutes were an opportunity for the Magic to take advantage of and they haven’t so far during this stretch. – 9:09 PM
Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon
Ja Morant joined a short list of players since the ABA-NBA merger who have had three straight triple-doubles before turning 24.
The others (via @ESPNStatsInfo):
Magic Johnson
Nikola Jokic
Josh Giddey – 9:05 PM
Khobi Price @khobi_price
End of 3Q: 76ers 82, Magic 78.
Orlando’s only down 4 despite shooting 14.3% (4-28) on 3s.
Taking better care of the ball than Philly and getting out in transition is helping the Magic stay in it. They need to take advantage of these Embiid-less minutes to stay in this one. – 8:55 PM
Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
In addition to the 26 points, Embiid’s defense has been excellent so far tonight.
Magic are trying him in isolation way too much, considering the other options on the court. – 8:39 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
Is Embiid asking for a deliberate trip? – 8:38 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Embiid at half:
20 PTS
8-8 FT
Has made more free throws than the Magic starters combined. PM

Derek Bodner @DerekBodnerNBA
Frustrating half for Sixers players not named Joel Embiid (and possibly Shake Milton), but Embiid’s 20-point first half performance is enough to erase a lot of the Sixers’ mistakes. Sixers lead 56-53 at the break, despite shooting 40.5% from the field, 6-19 from 3 and with 8 TOs. – 8:14 PM
Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Halftime: Sixers 56, Magic 53 after Fultz’s spinning finish at the buzzer. Embiid with 20 and 7. Harden with 10-4-5. Sixers giving themselves a boost at the FT line (16-of-16) on a night they’re not shooting great (40.5) and have 8 turnovers for 14 points. – 8:13 PM
Lauren Rosen @LaurenMRosen
The @Philadelphia 76ers lead the Magic, 56-53, at halftime.
Embiid: 20 PTS / 7 REB
Harden: 10 PTS / 4 REB / 5 AST
Harris: 9 PTS / 2 REB / 3 AST – 8:13 PM
Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
Can see why this Orlando team has such a good record over the past two months. Super long and athletic team, sure feels everyone not named Embiid on the Sixers is having some issues. – 8:06 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
Embiid has been stranding too many open spot up shooters, settling for tough contested mid range shots or turning it over vs Orlando these last couple games. Bad habits creeping back last 6 quarters. – 8:04 PM
Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Annnnd what was a 14-point Sixers lead is down to 39-35 during Embiid’s stint on the bench. – 7:53 PM
Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Embiid has 16 points on 4-for-7 shooting and going 8-for-8 from the foul line. – 7:44 PM
Noah Levick @NoahLevick
A 17-0 Sixers run to end the first quarter.
Joel Embiid 8 for 8 on free throws in the first, Orlando 4 for 9. – 7:43 PM
Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
Nifty little behind-the-back pass from Joel to Shake to end the quarter, and he got back for a bucket. 16 points in 12 minutes for the big fella.
15-0 run for the Embiid and bench unit to close the quarter: Maxey, Milton, Thybulle and Niang joining him. – 7:43 PM
Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Sixers 37, Magic 23 at the end of the first. Biggest differences so far are free-throw shooting (Sixers are 12-of-12, Magic 4-of-9) and turnovers (Magic have 5 for 9 points). Embiid has 16 points (8-of-8 from FT line) and 4 rebounds. – 7:43 PM
Derek Bodner @DerekBodnerNBA
The Sixers ended the quarter on a 17-0 run, as the Magic went scoreless over the final 3:50 of the first. Sixers lead 37-23.
All big first half leads are safe with this team so you can comfortably turn off the game if you want.
Embiid’s up to 16 points on 4-7 shooting. – 7:42 PM
Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Embiid scores right at the buzzer to give the Sixers a commanding 37-23 lead after one quarter. They ended the quarter on a 17-0 run. – 7:42 PM
Austin Krell @NBAKrell
A behind-the-back pass from Joel Embiid to Shake Milton in transition for a give-and-go gets the big man a layup at the buzzer.
Sixers +14 after the first quarter. – 7:42 PM
Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Starting to think Embiid vs. Mo Wagner is a mismatch – 7:40 PM
Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Embiid up to 14 points in the first quarter. He’s 8-for-8 from the foul line. – 7:39 PM
Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
Two notes on that play: 1. Heavy, heavy dose of Embiid left block post-ups early on.
2. Mo Wagner looked like he was in The Matrix on that unsuccessful flop. – 7:38 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Load Mismanagement is LIVE @Underdog__NBA
– Ja vs. Dame simmering
– Give McDaniels the Steph assignment!!
– Kyrie in Boston
– Embiid in or out?
– Breaking lineup news across league
– ATS picks
NBA’s Closing Bell, live now through tip!
📺…6:34 PM
Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Joel Embiid is officially in. Regular starting lineup. #Sixers6:33 PM
Noah Levick @NoahLevick
Joel Embiid is available tonight vs. the Magic, Sixers say. – 6:32 PM
Justin Grasso @JGrasso_
Joel Embiid is cleared to play tonight after being listed as questionable #Sixers6:32 PM
Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
Pero Antic believes that his good friend Nikola Jokic plays only at 50% 🤯
For more Pero 🎥▶ PM

Michael Singer @msinger
Wanna come talk Nikola Jokic tonight? Myself and @thomasbeller will be @DikeouArt talking hoops, Joker and Beller’s new book, “Lost in the Game.” First 30 people there get a free copy of his new book. If that doesn’t entice you, then snacks! PM

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With Montrezl Harrell’s defensive issues and Paul Reed not yet earning the trust of the coaching staff, sources say the Sixers would be open to bringing in another big even if they don’t move one of Embiid’s current backups.  It’s the easy place for your mind to drift, but former Sixers big Andre Drummond is an example, if a high-end example, of the sort of player we could be talking about, a big-bodied player and strong rebounder in the more traditional school of bigs.  (Naz Reid is a hot player in the rumor mill around the league, though I think he skews more toward the Harrell style of bigs and wouldn’t expect him to be in the mix for Philly.) -via Philly Voice / February 1, 2023
Justin Kubatko: Nikola Jokic in January: ✅ 24.0 PPG ✅ 11.6 RPG ✅ 11.3 APG ✅ 67.7 FG% ✅ 53.8 3P% ✅ 89.7 FT% It’s the best FG% recorded by a player who averaged a triple-double in a month. He’s the first player to record 65/50/85 shooting splits in a month. More:… -via Twitter @jkubatko / February 1, 2023
Justin Kubatko: Nikola Jokic last night: ✅ 26 PTS ✅ 18 REB ✅ 15 AST ✅ 10-14 FG It’s the second time Jokic has recorded a 25p/15r/15a game with 70% shooting from the field. The only other player in NBA history to produce such a game is Wilt Chamberlain (2x). More:… -via Twitter @jkubatko / February 1, 2023

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