BOSTON – Joel Embiid said his focus is on facing the Boston Celtics in a 7 p.m. Thursday game at TD Garden.
However, no one would blame the 76ers center for thinking about what’s going to happen on TNT an hour before the game. The network will reveal the 2018 NBA All-Star Game starters on its NBA Tip-Off show. The all-star team rosters will be announced Jan. 25.
The 67th All-Star Game will be Feb. 18 at the Staples Center.
“I feel like my play is going to do that talk,” Embiid said after Thursday morning’s shoot-around. “So if I’m an all-star starter, that will be great. But I feel like I have the resume to be an all-star. But tonight, it’s about the Celtics team that’s 3-0 against us.”
Boston (34-11) would pull off a season-series sweep with a win. It would also mark its 14th victory in the last 15 meetings with the Sixers.
Players, media members, and fans have a hand in voting for the all-star starters. The fans account for 50 percent of the vote total, with a panel of media members and players accounting for 25 percent each. In the second returns of fan voting, Embiid was ranked behind Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James in Eastern Conference front-court voting. Ben Simmons was third among guards, behind Boston Celtic Kyrie Irving and Toronto Raptor DeMar DeRozan. The top three vote receivers in the frontcourt and top two from the backcourt will be named starters.
“It would be a great, a good accomplishment,” Embiid said of being a starter. “That would be the first of my career, first of many, God willing. But like I said, I’m excited about tonight.”