Sixers' Embiid an All-Star starter

On the same night that Kyrie Irving was named an Eastern Conference starter for the 2018 All-Star Game, the Boston Celtics got a cold, hard taste of reality of what it's like to play a game without their transcendent leader on the floor. He's gone through a lot.

Not only is Embiid an All-Star, he's also a man who knows his self-worth and values his pride. Starters from the Eastern Conference are James, Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, Toronto Raptors shooting guard DeMar DeRozan and Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving and Embiid.

All-Star centre Joel Embiid starred against the Celtics with 26 points, 16 rebounds and six assists as the 76ers benefited from the absence of Boston guard Kyrie Irving due to a shoulder injury.

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"She denied me back then so why go with her again", Embiid quipped. "So I have to pass and move on to the next one".

"Fantastic day! We got a great win and I became an ALL STAR.I wanna thank all of you guys out there and the organization for the support", Embiid tweeted.

Fans responded to Embiid's All-Star nod by flooding Rihanna's Instagram mentions with his username. "I'm not excited just about myself, I'm excited for the whole city of Philadelphia".

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Embiid previously asked Kelly Rowland, a close friend of Rihanna's, to put in a good word for him when the two met at an ESPN event. In the third quarter, the new dynamic duo had 19 of the team's 32 and the last 15 points of the period. Boston reminded the Sixers why they're one of the best defensive teams around by forcing 10 fourth-quarter turnovers, and squeezed out a run in the end that turned an enormous deficit into a three-possession game. They are much better than what they showed tonight.

"I've been struggling a little bit against that team, the two games that I've played against them".

All of that build-up to this - in their conversation (below), Ngannou said of Embiid "he should be my next opponent".

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"I feel like we're right there with them", Embiid said. "I'm excited, but I believe in God".


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