Philadelphia 76ers middle Joel Embiid stated he believed Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James should’ve been assessed a flagrant foul 2 and ejected from Philadelphia’s 107-106 home victory over the defending champions Wednesday night time.
“Well, first of all, I mean, you look at it, that’s a very dangerous play,” Embiid stated of James’ foul, which got here on the 5:44 mark of the third quarter. “I guarantee you that if it was me, I would have probably been ejected from the game, which has happened in the past with me getting flagrant fouls really for nothing.”
While Embiid was aggravated about James being given solely a flagrant 1 — permitting James to stay within the sport — Embiid was equally bothered by the truth that, 68 seconds later, he was known as for a flagrant 1 himself for an elbow to Anthony Davis that Embiid did not consider merited that penalty.
“When you compare that to the one that I got, which I thought I didn’t really hit him, I didn’t elbow him,” stated Embiid, who had 28 factors, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and a pair of blocked photographs in 38 minutes. “I might have touched him. But I don’t think it deserved the flagrant, if you’re gonna compare those two.
“Those are powerful performs, and I simply thought, you already know, it should’ve been a flagrant 2.”
For his part, Sixers coach Doc Rivers, a product of a different era of the sport that featured more physical play than today’s game, said he didn’t think either play should’ve been called for a flagrant at all.
His only concern in the moment was that Embiid, who fell several feet onto his back and writhed on the floor in pain, was all right afterward. And while Embiid wasn’t moving as well after the play, he managed to stay in the game and help the Sixers win.
“First of all, LeBron’s not a grimy participant,” Rivers said. “It was only a bodily play, they usually needed to name the flagrant, I assume.
“You know, all of the flagrants tonight … you can get a flagrant easy these days. But that fall was hard, and there was some concern there, for sure. The fact that Joel kept going, clearly he wasn’t the same after that, as far as his movement. And we kinda knew that, and we used him a lot in pick-and-rolls because of that.”
Embiid, who has been on the harm report on and off just lately with a sore again that has saved him out of a sport 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 sport.
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 partially due to his again limiting his motion.
“It’s on me,” Embiid stated of Philadelphia’s late-game slide. “I missed a couple shots. I just didn’t have the legs. Not because I was tired, which I wasn’t, but my back just didn’t allow me to dominate the way I’ve been doing in fourth quarters. I missed a couple shots, we made a couple mistakes on defense, they made a few 3s, and just like that they were up one.”
But simply when it seemed like the continued questions concerning the Sixers and their incapability to shut down the stretch would come again to hang-out Philadelphia as soon as once more, the Sixers have been bailed out by a terrific shot by Tobias Harris, who confidently took a move, dribbled to the elbow towards Lakers guard Alex Caruso and rose as much as bury what turned out to be the profitable jumper with 3.0 seconds remaining.
“I’m a person that I visualize myself in those spots, so when the opportunity came … that’s a shot I work on time and time again, but in those moments just being confident enough to let it go and being OK with the result.
“Tonight, it fared effectively.”
It was a shot that also allowed the Sixers to laugh off those late-game foibles, a stretch that nearly ruined what had been an impressive performance by the hosts over the first 45 minutes against the NBA’s defending champions, one Harris said his team viewed as a measuring stick given the opponent.
“I’d say a little bit little bit of each,” said Harris, who finished with 22 points, when asked if he would focus more on being happy he hit the winner or being frustrated at Philadelphia’s sloppy play late. “I’d say there’s all the time development in all the things. So, tonight’s win is a good win for us towards an incredible crew, however on the similar time, we all know we could possibly be higher, particularly within the fourth quarter.”