NBA issues fine to Joel Embiid



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NBA issues fine to Joel Embiid

Philadelphia 76ers star center Joel Embiid was handed a $15,000 fine for criticizing the officiating in Game 4 of the 76ers and Toronto Raptors series. As Embiid was walking out of the court, he gave an extended golf clap to the officiating crew.

The 76ers missed out on a chance to sweep the Raptors as Toronto claimed a 110-102 win to reduce the deficit to 3-1. Embiid, who is dealing with a right thumb injury that will require a surgery in the offseason, didn't have a particularly great night as he finished with 21 points and eight rebounds.

"Well, I'm gonna take my own advice and not complain about fouls," Embiid said on Saturday. "But, like I was doing at the end of the game [with the clapping], they did a great job. I admire the job that they did today.

To me, it felt like they had one job coming in here tonight, and they got it done. So, congrats to them."

Embiid on if the refs' job was to ensure there was Game 5

"I don't know. ... But you can figure it out.

But they did a great job," Embiid answered. "Like I said, I'm gonna take my own advice and not complain about it. I guess, next game, if they're not gonna call it, I'm gonna be even more aggressive offensively and defensively.

If they want to give them, like, fouls or if they want to call, really, no fouls, I've really got to make them earn them and really be physical." Embiid wasn't the only fined by the NBA as Memphis Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins was also slapped with a $15,000 fine for publicly criticizing the officiating in Game 4 of the Grizzlies and Minnesota Timberwolwes series.

"I've never seen a more inconsistent, arrogant officiated game," Jenkins said. "It's embarrassing. I'm at a loss for words."