Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse complained about the way 76ers player Joel Embiid was officiated in the first-round play-off series. Embiid scored 31 points, 11 rebounds and went 12-for-14 from the free-throw line leading a team to 2-0 series lead against Raptors.
This is what Embiid had to say.
"He's a great coach," Embiid said. via ESPN "Obviously, he's been able to accomplish [a lot] and always been a big fan. "But, I told him, respectfully, I told him to stop b----ing about calls.""If you're going to triple-team somebody all game, they are bound to get to the free throw line, or if you're going to push them off and try to hold them and and all that stuff, they're bound and get to the free throw line," Embiid said.
"So I feel like every foul was legit and probably should have been more, honestly."
"At least there wasn't as many elbows thrown to the face tonight that we had to endure," Nurse said "He was saying to me that, 'I'm going to keep making all the free throws if you keep fouling,'" Nurse said.
"And I said, 'Well, you might have 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." "He let it be known that we're not going to take the bullying," 76ers forward Danny Green said.
"Referees and the league, they're the same way," Embiid said. "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've been doing this for quite a while to know that's usually the adjustment. [And] in that case, that's where I'd become more physical."
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