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Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid states case for defensive hardware in all-around gem vs. Utah Jazz – ESPN

With the Defensive Player of the Year award in his sights, Joel Embiid didn’t play scared against the favorite for that hardware — Rudy Gobert — on Wednesday,…

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Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid said his dominant performance in a 131-123 win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night was fueled by playing against Rudy Gobert.
Embiid, who had 40 points — including the game-tying 3-pointer with 6.5 seconds left to go with 19 rebounds, three assists, a steal and two blocks in 40 minutes — told ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan in December that Gobert shouldn’t have been third-team All-NBA last season over him. He also has said repeatedly he wants to win Defensive Player…

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