James Harden's play is a key reason for the January swoon

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Of course, Sixers fans know who Millsap actually is - he was either the best or second-best player on a 60-win team just a couple seasons ago, and we've heard about how underrated he is for so long you'd think he was starring in The Americans. As rim protectors go, Embiid's field goal percentage defense inside six feet is -18.3, the best in the National Basketball Association.

And make no mistake about it, the loss of Embiid is crippling for the Sixers' defense too, and, I would argue, to an even larger degree.

We'd say he rebounded well with his comedic tweet. The team went 15-2 during the month, which included wins over the Golden State Warriors, Boston Celtics, Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers, while squeezing in one 10-game winning streak and the beginning of a nine-game winning streak that eventually stretched into the first part of January.

Many believed that display against the Knicks made him the frontrunner ahead of Russell Westbrook for the MVP award this year and his outrageous display in Philadelphia further boosts his case.

The reserves were picked by coaches, seemingly giving Embiid another avenue in. After the game, Embiid said that he felt good physically, but that his conditioning was "really bad".

Luwawu-Cabarrot's scoring effort was a career-high. "He doesn't back down when he does attack the rim, and he's showing he's got the ability to shoot the three".

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But what about who has had the biggest impact on team success over the first half of the season, which is presumably what the coaches are voting on, and what I would reward if I had a vote. "He works, he's a great gym rat".

A witty reply to Embiid from ESPN writer Mina Kimes pretty much sums up the internet's reaction.

"That crowd was fantastic", he said. "That is a playoff crowd".

Next up, the Sixers will travel to face the Chicago Bulls on Sunday, Jan. 29 with the tip slated for 7 p.m.at the United Center.

While Sixers fans have waited patiently for their fist All-Star since Jrue Holiday, they will have to take solace in the fact that if it weren't for Brown and his cautious ways Embiid would be there.