PHILADELPHIA – In the first four games of the Sixers Raptors playoff series, there was a consistent, relentless theme: refereeing and how it relates to Joel Embiid.
On Monday, the NBA office fined Embid $ 15,000 for his treatment of judges.
Official release: “The Philadelphia 76ers Center Joel Ambid has been fined $ 15,000 for public criticism of refereeing, announced Byron Spruel, president of league operations. Embid made his remarks in the media after the 76ers ’110-102 defeat by the Toronto Raptors in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series on April 23 at the Scotiabank Arena.
Interestingly, Embid became the first to search the wallet for his attitude to the refereeing, as it was Raptors coach Nick Ners who was the first to focus on the whistle.
Mostly because of how the teams were built, the Raptors knew they would need a double and triple Embiid team to get a better chance of advancing. After the game, 1 nurse wondered why Embiid was allowed to respond to this defense with his aggressive games.
“We have to go through some physical strength,” the nurse said at the time. He added: “There were several shots in the face that, I don’t understand, were not considered. There were three of them and one was called. there were two more, one on the back of the head and an open slap on the face. They need to have enough courage to stop the game and look at it.
“We are not against physicality. This is the playoffs. We expect it to be physical. ”
Since each game will employ a different officer crew, there was a chance that someday in the series of the best of the seven interpretations of the rules, nurses would be more liked. Saturday, when Embiid was allowed nine fouls in 39 minutes, was one such case.
As earlier in the series Embid advised the Raptors to deal with the refereeing, he did not want to express most of the protest after the game on Saturday. But he was caught when judges Ed Mello, Rodney Motu and Scott Foster were sarcastically slapped in a round of golf as he stepped onto the floor
“I’m going to listen to my own advice and not complain about fouls,” said Embid after 4 games. – But, as I did at the end of the game, they worked great. I admire the work they have done today. It seemed to me that one work was coming here tonight. And they succeeded. Congratulations to them. “
That was enough to cost him 15 big ones, but not enough to cause an internal problem.
“Joel Embiid fined?” Doc Rivers said before Game 5 on Monday. “Wow. I have no thoughts and I’m not going to get into that. Obviously, you didn’t like it. Does it? Or anyone else? Without saying a word, then write about it. And I didn’t say a word. Thank you very much. “
• • •
On Monday, the Raptors did not have Fred Van Vlit. The Match of the Stars guard injured his hip in 4 games.
“I think it’s insulting to take away some of their stuff,” Rivers said. “It can add some things to them in defense, with size. But it doesn’t change your game plan so much. “
Van Vlyt suffered a knee injury at the end of the season and made just 12 of 42 shots in games 2, 3 and 4.
• • •
Thaddeus Young of Toronto, the 33-year-old Sixers, who selected the first round of the 2007 draft, played limited minutes in the first three games due to pain in his thumb. But he scored 29:49 in the 4th game of the Raptors, scoring 6: 9 and scoring 13 points.
“He just did a lot of quarterback for us,” the nurse said. “He kept us organized with his leadership. He passed the ball really well. He played very hard and with a high level of confidence. “
• • •
Tyris Maxi took sixth place in the voting for the best NBA player after winner Ja Maranta (Memphis), Dejunte Murray (San Antonio), Darius Garland (Cleveland), Jordan Poole (Golden State) and Desmond Bain. Marant received 38 votes for first place. Max had six.