When NBA players and coaches criticize the officiating in a public forum, they assuredly receive some mail from the league's office in short order. And that's exactly what Sixers star Joel Embiid received Monday.
From the desk of the Association:
Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid has been fined $15,000 for public criticism of the officiating, ... Embiid made his remarks to the media following the 76ers' 110-102 loss to the Toronto Raptors in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series on April 23 at Scotiabank Arena.
After Game 4, TNT's cameras caught the All-NBA big man giving the referees a sarcastic applause as he walked off the floor. The Sixers had 26 fouls called on them to the Raptors 20. Giving Toronto 35 free throw attempts to Philadelphia's 25.
“Like I was doing at the end of the game, they did a great job. I admire the job that they did today," Embiid said of his postgame clap. "To me, it felt like they had one job coming in here tonight, and they got it done. So, congrats to them.”
The Sixers still hold a 3-1 lead over Toronto, who will be down All-Star point guard Fred VanVleet in Game 5.
Embiid and Co. get their chance to close out the series Monday night as they return back to Philly.