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Joel Embiid on 76ers: ‘I think our time is now’

Joel Embiid disputes the notion that the upstart Philadelphia 76ers one day will be a force to be reckoned with in the NBA. The Sixers superstar instead believes the Sixers’ “time is now.”

The Sixers currently have a stranglehold on their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with the Miami Heat courtesy of a 3-1 advantage heading into Tuesday’s showdown at Wells Fargo Center.

“A lot of people say that we have a bright future, but I think our time is now,” Embiid said, via NBC Philly. “We have a pretty good chance. We have a special team, a lot of great guys. I don’t think we need anybody else. We’ve just got to work with what we have, and we have a special team. I feel like we have a pretty good chance to go far.

“So it’s just about us taking care of the little things, like not turning the ball over, just playing together, like we’ve been doing, sharing the ball, not be selfish, and everything is going to take care of itself.”

Embiid made his return the Sixers lineup after a 10-game layoff due to a fracture orbital bone in Game 3. A masked Embiid put up 23 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three blocks in his postseason debut, which the Sixers won by a score of 128-108.

In Saturday’s 106-102 win in Miami, Embiid struggled with his shot, scoring 14 points on 2-for-11 shooting while committing eight turnovers. Embiid did pull down 12 boards and added five blocks, however, in the victory.

Embiid is eager to make his home playoff debut, especially coming off an uneven performance performance.

“The playoffs, that’s kind of like you play in front of the whole world,” Embiid said. “I feel like I thrive in that type of situation because I feel like I was made for this.”

Embiid last week took to Instagram and posted a cryptic message that seemed to hint he expects the Sixers to make a title run. With all that in mind, it does indeed seem that Embiid believes there’s no time like the present for the 76ers to shine.