David Murphy: In Joel Embiid, the Sixers have their LeBron James. In a win over the Lakers, they did not need an Anthony Davis.

PHILADELPHIA — Are the Sixers overly reliant on Joel Embiid? That depends. Were the Bulls overly reliant on Michael Jordan? Were the Rockets overly reliant on James Harden? How about the Cavs and LeBron James? Snicker all you want. That’s the realm where Embiid belongs right now. That is how good he has been. Even before his latest MVP performance — 28 points, six rebounds , four assists in a 107-106 thriller over the Lakers on Wednesday night — Embiid was playing the most prolific and productive basketball of his career. His 27.7 points per game and .592 effective field goal percentage would …

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HEDGE accordingly