Philadelphia 76ers heart Joel Embiid stated he believed Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James ought to’ve been assessed a flagrant foul 2 and ejected from Philadelphia’s 107-106 home victory over the defending champions Wednesday evening.
“Properly, to start with, I imply, you take a look at it, that is a really harmful play,” Embiid stated of James’ foul, which got here on the 5:44 mark of the third quarter. “I assure you that if it was me, I’d have in all probability been ejected from the sport, which has occurred previously with me getting flagrant fouls actually for nothing.”
Whereas Embiid was aggravated about James being given solely a flagrant 1 — permitting James to stay within the recreation — Embiid was equally bothered by the truth that, 68 seconds later, he was referred to as for a flagrant 1 himself for an elbow to Anthony Davis that Embiid did not consider merited that penalty.
“If you evaluate that to the one which I obtained, which I assumed I did not actually hit him, I did not elbow him,” stated Embiid, who had 28 factors, 6 rebounds, four assists and a couple of blocked photographs in 38 minutes. “I may need touched him. However I do not assume it deserved the flagrant, for those who’re gonna evaluate these two.
“These are robust performs, and I simply thought, you understand, it ought to’ve been a flagrant 2.”
For his half, Sixers coach Doc Rivers, a product of a distinct period of the game that featured extra bodily play than as we speak’s recreation, stated he did not assume both play ought to’ve been referred to as for a flagrant in any respect.
His solely concern within the second was that Embiid, who fell a number of ft onto his again and writhed on the ground in ache, was all proper afterward. And whereas Embiid wasn’t transferring as effectively after the play, he managed to remain within the recreation and assist the Sixers win.
“Initially, LeBron’s not a grimy participant,” Rivers stated. “It was only a bodily play, they usually needed to name the flagrant, I assume.
“You already know, all the flagrants tonight … you may get a flagrant simple nowadays. However that fall was arduous, and there was some concern there, for certain. The truth that Joel stored going, clearly he wasn’t the identical after that, so far as his motion. And we kinda knew that, and we used him loads in pick-and-rolls due to that.”
Embiid, who has been on the damage report on and off just lately with a sore again that has stored him out of a recreation or two, stated he will not understand how his again responds till after he wakes up within the morning however that he felt it restricted him in the course of the recreation.
Embiid stated a part of Philadelphia’s collapse down the stretch — which noticed the Lakers rating 13 straight factors to erase a 12-point Sixers lead with three minutes to go and take a 106-105 lead with 11.2 seconds remaining — was partly due to his again limiting his motion.
“It is on me,” Embiid stated of Philadelphia’s late-game slide. “I missed a pair photographs. I simply did not have the legs. Not as a result of I used to be drained, which I wasn’t, however my again simply did not permit me to dominate the way in which I have been doing in fourth quarters. I missed a pair photographs, we made a pair errors on protection, they made just a few 3s, and similar to that they had been up one.”
However simply when it appeared like the continuing questions concerning the Sixers and their lack of ability to shut down the stretch would come again to hang-out Philadelphia as soon as once more, the Sixers had been bailed out by a terrific shot by Tobias Harris, who confidently took a cross, dribbled to the elbow towards Lakers guard Alex Caruso and rose as much as bury what turned out to be the profitable jumper with 3.zero seconds remaining.
“I am an individual that I visualize myself in these spots, so when the chance got here … that is a shot I work on time and time once more, however in these moments simply being assured sufficient to let it go and being OK with the consequence.
“Tonight, it fared effectively.”
It was a shot that additionally allowed the Sixers to chuckle off these late-game foibles, a stretch that just about ruined what had been a powerful efficiency by the hosts over the primary 45 minutes towards the NBA’s defending champions, one Harris stated his crew considered as a measuring stick given the opponent.
“I’d say a bit of little bit of each,” stated Harris, who completed with 22 factors, when requested if he would focus extra on being comfortable he hit the winner or being pissed off at Philadelphia’s sloppy play late. “I would say there’s at all times development in all the pieces. So, tonight’s win is a good win for us towards a fantastic crew, however on the identical time, we all know we could possibly be higher, particularly within the fourth quarter.”