PHILADELPHIA — 76ers star Joel Embiid heard Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse complain about the way in which Embiid was officiated within the opener of the groups’ first-round playoff collection on Saturday evening.
So, after Embiid completed with 31 factors, 11 rebounds and went 12-for-14 from the free throw line — taking extra free throws than Toronto’s total workforce — in serving to the 76ers take a 2-0 collection lead on Monday evening, the All-Star massive man had a quick dialog with Nurse on the sideline in entrance of Toronto’s bench within the ultimate seconds of Philadelphia’s 112-97 victory.
What was Embiid’s message?
“He’s a great coach,” Embiid mentioned. “Obviously, he’s been able to accomplish [a lot] and always been a big fan.
“However, I advised him, respectfully, I advised him to cease b—-ing about calls.”
Embiid had 19 of those 31 points — and 12 of those free throw attempts — in the first quarter, when he came out with a clear and obvious intent to impose his will on the game.
Embiid got tangled up with Raptors forward OG Anunoby in the opening minutes, which caused both men to get technical fouls. And then, after Toronto jumped out to a quick 11-2 lead, the big man’s repeated forays into the paint put several Raptors into early foul trouble, and saw Embiid wear out a path to the foul line.
“If you are going to triple-team any person all recreation, they’re sure to get to the free throw line, or if you are going to push them off and attempt to maintain them and and all that stuff, they’re sure and get to the free throw line,” Embiid said. “So I really feel like each foul was legit and doubtless ought to have been extra, truthfully.”
For his part, Nurse disagreed. After saying following Game 1 that Embiid hit his players with three or four elbows to the face — and should’ve been called for several other fouls — Nurse said there was some slight improvement on Tuesday, but not enough.
“Not less than there wasn’t as many elbows thrown to the face tonight that we needed to endure,” Nurse said, tongue firmly planted in his cheek after expressing his frustration with what he thought was a clear charge call that was called a block on the floor and then was not overturned when he challenged it.
As for his conversation with Embiid — one Nurse was asked about during his postgame availability, prior to Embiid’s subsequent response — he said there wasn’t much to it.
“He was saying to me that, ‘I will maintain making all of the free throws for those who maintain fouling,'” Nurse said. “And I mentioned, ‘Effectively, you might need to.’
“But a good player, man. I got a lot of respect for him. He’s certainly playing great here. There’s nothing there but us trying to compete against him and him trying to compete against us.”
The competitors, thus far, is fairly one-sided. Toronto was with out standout rookie Scottie Barnes after he sprained his left ankle in Sport 1, whereas Thaddeus Younger performed 8 ineffective minutes with a sprained left thumb.
Gary Trent Jr., in the meantime, performed a fairly hopeless 10 minutes after spending the previous two days away from the workforce with a non-COVID sickness, lacking all three pictures he took and committing 4 fouls. Nurse admitted after the sport Trent in all probability should not even have performed, although he credited him for giving it a go.
However Philadelphia, led by Embiid, imposed its bodily will on Toronto for a second consecutive recreation. Tyrese Maxey (23 factors, 9 rebounds, 8 assists) and Tobias Harris (20 factors, 10 rebounds) performed nice for a second consecutive recreation, and Philadelphia once more received the rebounding battle (41-35), shot 52% from the sector and took 30 free throws to Toronto’s 12.
All of it, although, began with Embiid, who roared on a number of events within the first quarter as he and Fred VanVleet, who scored 15 of his 20 factors within the first, traded baskets all through the quarter — one Toronto finally wound up ending forward by one, 33-32.
And whereas Philadelphia would pull forward for good early within the second when it outscored the Raptors by 12 factors with Embiid on the bench, it was his bodily play within the first quarter that set the tone for his teammates to comply with.
“He let it be known that we’re not going to take the bullying,” mentioned 76ers ahead Danny Inexperienced.
Embiid additionally picked up a few accidents all through the sport, hurting his left foot late within the first half and his proper (taking pictures) elbow within the third quarter. He performed by means of each accidents, nonetheless, and downplayed the importance of both impacting his availability for Sport 3 on Wednesday in Toronto.
In truth, Embiid already was wanting ahead to the problem of going up 3-0 on this Raptors workforce, and mentioned he expects there might be much less fouls referred to as in Sport 3 — and that he’ll be able to play much more aggressively, if he must, with the intention to be sure he retains going to the road.
“Referees and the league, they’re the same way,” Embiid mentioned. “They’re gonna come in the next game, and they are gonna let stuff go. So, you know, they’re not going to call, you know, some fouls. So, in that case, you got to be more aggressive. You got to go to the rim with more power. You got to jump over people, you got to try to finish through contact. Because that’s an adjustment when it’s the refs coming in and [the Raptors are] complaining.
“I have been doing this for fairly some time to know that is often the adjustment. [And] in that case, that is the place I would change into extra bodily.”