​Joel Embiid very much cranked up the effort midway through the second quarter Sunday night.

It's almost like, midway through the second quarter, he remembered both that ​Russell Westbrook was out there, and that he ​dislikes Russell Westbrook.

Therefore, it stands to reason that, when given the chance, he'd opt to drill a trey then block Russ seconds later on the other end.

Mission accomplished.

​​Considering most of the rivals we know and love are weirdly on the same side during this sloppy All-Star Game, it feels good for things to get personal again.

I think there's mutual respect here, sure, but if Embiid could prevent Brodie from scoring ever again, he certainly would, and then he'd ​tag the resulting IG on location in Westbrook Sucks, Oklahoma.