Joel Embiid did not have his finest evening Tuesday night in Toronto.
Dealing with an upper-respiratory infection, Embiid was listed as probable by the Sixers before the game. He had 13 points and six rebounds and was a minus-15 in the Sixers' 125-89 Game 5 loss to the Raptors (see observations). His eight turnovers tied a season high.
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Hall of Famer Charles Barkley said at halftime on TNT that he wasn't a fan of how Embiid was carrying himself.
He's walking by himself like he's on his death bed. As a star player, you can never show weakness. You've got to keep the other guys involved in the game. That's what he does. He complains so much about being sick, he drains the energy out of the room.
The timing of Embiid's health woes is certainly unfortunate for the Sixers. For what it's worth, Embiid did say after the Sixers' loss in Game 4 that he was "100 percent," and that he didn't want to use his illness as an excuse.
For Barkley, those words aren't good enough.
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