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Ben Simmons has been missing in action, Tobias Harris has been hot and cold, and various other Philadelphia 76ers have been in and out because of illnesses and injuries. As for superstar center Joel Embiid, all he has done is put the franchise on his rather broad shoulders and play like a potential Most Valuable Player of the NBA.

All the 7-foot, 280-pound Embiid has done of late is resemble the NBA’s most dominant inside presence that he is. While sparking Philadelphia’s season-best six-game winning streak, Embiid has scored at least 31 points in all of those victories and has posted a jaw-dropping 33.2 points and 10.5 rebounds a game during the spree.

Joel Embiid has helped the Philadelphia 76ers overcome their inconsistency with his recent run of dominant, 30-point performances

It’s no coincidence that the Philadelphia 76ers best run of the season has come at a time when Embiid has been unstoppable, whether he’s posting up down low or using his show-and-go move from the 3-point line.

On Friday, Embiid completely embarrassed the artists formerly known as the San Antonio Spurs with a couple of backboard-shaking dunks. In Embiid’s dominant 32 minutes on the floor, he had 31 points, 12 rebounds, and seven assists. He was so good that the Sixers outscored the Spurs by 26 points while he was on the floor.

As TNT analyst Charles Barkley might infamously quip about San Antonio’s futile defense against Embiid — as only Chuck can, of course — “David Robinson and Tim Duncan are rolling over in their graves.”

“The game is becoming easy because we’re moving the ball, playing with each other, and the ball is not sticking,” Embiid said afterward in the postgame news conference as reported by The Associated Press.

Joel Embiid has joined some Philadelphia 76ers all-time greats with his recent run

Friday’s beatdown of the Spurs gave Embiid his sixth straight game with at least 30 points. That allowed him to join Sixers royalty Wilt Chamberlain (two times) and Allen Iverson (eight times) as the only players in franchise history to string together six straight 30-point games.

Also, Embiid’s performance was the 85th 30-point game of his six-year NBA career. He is the eighth player in Philadelphia history to do that, and it’s interesting to note that the other seven are all Hall of Famers.

“At this point, it’s kind of routine,” Harris said of Embiid’s domination in Friday’s postgame news conference as reported by The Associated Press. “ You can kind of see the fear in the defender’s eyes. He knows how to pick apart a game.”

Philadelphia 76ers superstar Joel Embiid is playing his way into the MVP conversation

The 27-year-old Embiid is in the prime of his career. He has become the franchise fixture that the Sixers thought he had the potential to be when they picked him No. 3 overall in 2014 and waited two seasons for his injuries to heal.

The complexity in his game has shown just how much he’s grown as a player. On Friday, rather than bang in the post with San Antonio’s Drew Eubanks, he took him back out the perimeter, crossed him over with a dribble to get inside position along the baseline, and then rammed the ball in with one hand. Later in the night, he avoided the temptation of launching a 3-pointer — often the Achilles’ heel of Embiid’s game — and instead drove by guard Dejounte Murray and Euro-stepped his way to another dunk.

Thus far, Embiid ranks fifth in the NBA in scoring (26.8 ppg.), 10th in rebounding (10.7 rpg.), and he’s third in ESPN’s Player Efficiency Rating (29.3). His most important stat of all, however, might be his career-best 4.3 assists a night. He’s taken over some of the playmaking duties that became available when Ben Simmons refused to play this season for the Sixers.

Embiid’s Player Efficiency Rating trails only that of reigning MVP Nikola Jokic (32.9) and two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (32), according to ESPN.com. If he can stay healthy and lead the Sixers back to the top of the East without Simmons, he almost assuredly will be a top candidate to win his first MVP award.

Embiid is clearly in the prime of his career, and he seems to understand that it is his job to lead the 76ers beyond the drama and distraction of Simmons and ultimately to greatness.

“It’s been fun,” Embiid said in his postgame news conference as reported by The Associated Press. “We’re just playing as a team. These guys trust me to make plays. I need to keep on doing and climb in the standings.”

Statistics are courtesy of ESPN.com

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By: John Denton
Title: On the Best Run of his Career, Philadelphia 76ers Center Joel Embiid is Playing Like an NBA MVP
Sourced From: www.sportscasting.com/philadelphia-76ers-center-joel-embiid-playing-like-an-mvp/
Published Date: Sat, 08 Jan 2022 18:32:53 +0000

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Is Megan Thee Stallion a ‘Jujutsu Kaisen’ fan? ‘Gojo Thee Stallion,’ explained

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Prior to the 2024 Crunchyroll Anime Awards, some anime fans had no idea that rapper Megan Thee Stallion was an anime enthusiast. But watching her speech as she presented the Anime of the Year Award, there can be no doubt about it: Megan is a weeb.

Personally, I’m Megan Thee Stallion’s newest fan and follower, and I hope I’m not the only one whose heart she unexpectedly won. Despite not being too familiar with her music and her career, the way her personality shone during the ceremony, and everything I’ve found out thereafter, contributed to a feeling of kinship. United by nerdiness, we could say.

Megan has previously cosplayed as other anime characters. One such instance that broke the internet – but not as much as recently – was when she cosplayed My Hero Academia’s pro-hero Mirko. And, objectively, she looked stunning.

But, even though some like myself only found out about her passion for anime recently, the American artist has never truly hidden it, in fact, and admirably, she seems proud of her nerdy side.

Megan Thee Stallion many cosplays
Screengrabs via X/IG

But when she cosplayed a female version of Satoru Gojo from Jujutsu Kaisen – who also won the Crunchyroll award for secondary anime character of the year – the internet went wild as if she had cast Domain Expansion over social media.

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Megan Thee Stallion is a Gojo fan
Screengrabs via Crunchyroll Anime Awards/theestallion

When she “made it to Japan,” Megan Thee Stallion posted on her social media pictures of herself dressed up as a female Gojo – arguably, the most widely adored character in the series. The combination of the beloved rapper with the beloved S-rank jujutsu sorcerer took the internet by storm, or, shall we say, by Hollow Purple. It escalated to the point that the hashtag “Gojo Thee Stallion” was trending on X (formerly Twitter).

The match made in heaven had people collectively losing their minds. So much so that many talented artists scrambled to make incredible works of fan art, further immortalizing the moment:

Megan thee Stallion Gojo cosplay fan art
Screengrabs via X (@shibewave_art/@feenwege/@kuroxcho/@NICOx2N/@ethjay)

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♬ HISS – Megan Thee Stallion

If the Crunchyroll Anime Awards were aiming at reaching a wider audience and generating more chatter this year, they surely have managed to attain the feat. Bring Megan Thee Stallion again next year and I’ll sit down – along with many others surely – to watch the event once more in 2025.

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By: Margarida Bastos
Title: Is Megan Thee Stallion a ‘Jujutsu Kaisen’ fan? ‘Gojo Thee Stallion,’ explained
Sourced From: wegotthiscovered.com/anime/is-megan-thee-stallion-a-jujutsu-kaisen-fan-gojo-thee-stallion-explained/
Published Date: Sun, 03 Mar 2024 17:15:47 +0000

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Oppenheimer Wins Big at the MPSE Golden Reel Awards

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Oppenheimer has now won both the Cinema Audio Society and the two key awards at the Motion Picture Sound Editors Guild. It is sweeping the season at an astonishing pace. The Zone of Interest did not win in its category, and was beaten by Society of the Snow. But really, Zone is more of Sound […]

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Title: Oppenheimer Wins Big at the MPSE Golden Reel Awards
Sourced From: www.awardsdaily.com/2024/03/03/oppenheimer-wins-big-at-the-mpse-golden-reel-awards/
Published Date: Mon, 04 Mar 2024 05:22:18 +0000

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‘Attack On Titan’ should have been nominated for Anime of the Year and I’ll die on that hill

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This article contains spoilers for the final season of Attack on Titan

The Crunchyroll Anime Awards was a night to remember, partly because of the obvious snubs that fans like me couldn’t overlook. And yes, I’m talking about Attack On Titan’s snub for Anime of the Year.

Between the Bleach and Vinland Saga snubs, the anime community was in a justified uproar. However, the Anime of the Year award, the most anticipated award of the night, didn’t interest me because the near-perfect Attack On Titan didn’t even make the cut.

To put it mildly, Attack On Titan had an explosive year in 2023, finally concluding the highly acclaimed series after over 10 years. But the penultimate offering might have been arguably the most emotionally gripping moment in anime history. So why wasn’t it even a contender for the award? Crunchyroll, you will pay for these crimes! 

Why AOT Deserved an Anime of the Year Nomination

Two words: The Rumbling.

Attack on Titan has been a global phenomenon since its first season, but the twists and turns that led up to The Rumbling were the most satisfying. The plot only seemed to get more complex and mysterious with every new season, and every answer unveiled only led to a new question. The Final Season: Special 1 begins with The Rumbling, the highly anticipated catastrophic march of Colossal Titans on Marley, led by Eren, and covers how the characters rally together to stop him.

This special episode was perfect for many reasons. It brought us back to Eren’s point of view, showing us how he justified his actions to himself and how he had been grappling with the reality of his fate since he arrived in Marley. MAPPA also spared no details in depicting the devastation of The Rumbling, in a sequence that was quite difficult to watch, despite Attack on Titan’s reputation for gruesome scenes. Moreover, the special also had an emotional core, loaded with scenes like Armin and Annie’s heartfelt conversation, and Hange’s heart-wrenching send-off.

Altogether, all the themes of AOT were laid bare, and we saw the characters at their most vulnerable. Attack on Titan has been a colossal anime for a decade (pun intended), so a snub in the most recognized category seems quite dismissing of a decade’s worth of excellence. There is no doubt that this finale was more than award-worthy, and deserved to be recognized as such.

Did AOT get any nominations?

Fortunately, Attack on Titan wasn’t totally snubbed by the Crunchyroll Awards. Although the second part of the final episode wasn’t eligible for nominations due to its late release date of November, The Final Season, The Final Chapters: Special 1 received multiple nominations. Here are the categories that AOT received nominations in:

• Best Animation

• Best Continuing Series

• Best Director

• Best Cinematography

• Best Action

• Best Drama

• Best Main Character – Eren Jaeger

• Best Supporting Character – Hange Zoe

• Best Score

• Best Voice Artist Performance (Japanese) – Yuki Kaji

Overall, Attack On Titan earned many nominations at the 2024 Crunchyroll Anime Awards, but that is the precise reason why it deserved to have a spot among the Anime of the Year nominees. Nonetheless, the anime took home the awards for Best Drama and Best Score. Crunchyroll had better come through next year, and reward the fans, crew, cast, and of course, Hajime Isayama, with an Anime of the Year nomination for Attack On Titan at the 2025 Anime Awards.

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By: Demi Phillips
Title: ‘Attack On Titan’ should have been nominated for Anime of the Year and I’ll die on that hill
Sourced From: wegotthiscovered.com/anime/attack-on-titan-should-have-been-nominated-for-anime-of-the-year-and-ill-die-on-that-hill/
Published Date: Mon, 04 Mar 2024 10:37:56 +0000

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