Joel Embiid won’t be cleared in time to return to the 76ers for the start of their playoff series with the Miami Heat, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t already calling his shots on social media as the 2018 NBA postseason gets underway.
As he is wont to do, Embiid took to Instagram earlier on Saturday with predictions of what this year’s Philadelphia team will face on the road to The Finals. If the big man is correct, the Heat, Celtics, Cavaliers and Warriors should be on alert.
Nothing ever seems like a coincidence when it comes to Embiid’s social media use. These aren’t just action shots he’s sharing. This is straight up tempting fate.
It’s also not that preposterous a thought.
If Embiid comes back completely healthy, the Sixers can match up with just about any team the Eastern Conference has to offer. Four of Yahoo! Sports NBA writers have Philadelphia making the second round, with two picking the Sixers to reach the conference final.
Sadly, that’s where Yahoo! experts believe the magic ends for Philly. None of them have Embiid’s squad in The Finals — though they agree with the center that the Warriors will be there representing the West.
This prediction could easily come back to bite Embiid — and it’ll certainly be seen as bulletin board material for fans and players — but this is also a guy who isn’t afraid to shoot his shot on and off the court.
If the Sixers end of losing to the Heat in the first round, of course, this will end up an all-time social media flop for Embiid.
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