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Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Sportsman of the Week Ending 2/27/2022
The NBA season is hitting the home stretch and new teams are emerging as favorites to make deep runs into the playoffs. Maybe no more of a jump than the Philadelphia 76ers led by MVP candidate Joel Embiid. The Sixers haven't won an NBA Championship in coming up on 40 years, but this may be their best shot. Despite having finished first in the Eastern Conference last shortened season, the Sixers were trounced in the second round of the playoffs and haven't made it past that point since a Finals appearance 21 years ago. Embiid has put the team on his back, including two outstanding performance this week coming out of the All-Star break. In two games and conservative minutes, Embiid poured in 71 points, 19 rebounds, 6 assists, and 4 blocks. These two games were his first with trade-target James Harden who appears to be ready to join him for a deep playoff run. Embiid is ready to deliver the first Sixers title since Dr. J and is the Longhorndave Sportsman of the Week!