Sixers fans react to Joel Embiid being 'robbed' of MVP after Nikola Jokic wins

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Philadelphia 76ers fans set Twitter ablaze on Monday morning after ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets had won his second straight MVP over the Sixers' own Joel Embiid.

The argument for Jokic winning MVP was mostly that advanced stats say he's better than Embiid (though Embiid wasn't too far behind in several categories). Sixers beat writer Keith Pompey summed up the argument for Embiid as MVP perfectly.

Even though voting takes place before the playoffs, Sixers fans were even more annoyed that Embiid was denied the MVP since he's been playing through both a torn thumb ligament and a broken orbital in Round 2 against the Miami Heat while Jokic and the Nuggets were bounced in Round 1. Philly fans are obviously a bit biased, but they have a legitimate reason to be angry. And when Sixers fans get angry, it's brutal — but also extremely entertaining.

Embiid is probably not happy that he was denied the MVP, but he's still laser focused on getting the Sixers a Larry O'Brien championship trophy. If you want to feel bad for anyone, feel bad for the Heat. They're the ones who will have to defend a pissed off Embiid as he throws down 40-plus points and plays like the MVP-caliber star he is.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 08: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers looks on against the Miami Heat during Game Four of the 2022 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Semifinals at the Wells Fargo Center on May 8, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 76ers defeated the Heat 116-108. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Sixers fans are pretty upset that Joel Embiid lost the MVP award to Nikola Jokic. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)