Joel Embiid explains gesture to Sixers fans


The Sixers have been under plenty of criticism over the last week due to both poor play and a failure (so far) to meet the high expectations they had coming into this season. 

The frustration from their poor play seemed to boil over in the final minutes of their win over the Chicago Bulls on Sunday. 

After making a three to seal the win, Joel Embiid put his finger to his mouth in what seemed to be a gesture to silence the crowd, followed up by what seemed to be telling them to shut up. 

Here is the video: 

Joel Embiid tells the crowd to STFU after this dagger --

— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) February 10, 2020

After the game, Embiid was asked about the gesture. 

"Just talking to myself," Embiid said. "I have not been playing up to my standards. Even tonight, I didn’t shoot the ball well and I didn’t play well. Just mad at myself, just frustrated. I’ve just got to keep getting better every single day."

Embiid is right -- even though he finished with 28 points, he did not play well. Embiid shot just 8-of-17 from the floor, and didn't have the dominating performance many thought he would against a bad group of Bulls' defenders. His poor showing in a win comes after he turned in disappointing efforts against the Boston Celtics, Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks last week. 

Embiid has long been a fan favorite in the city, but his poor play recently combined with the Sixers' struggles have put him in the middle of perhaps he roughest stretch so far during his time in Philadelphia. 

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