The NBA has suspended Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid and Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns two games each for their on-court fracas Wednesday night.
Embiid and Towns engaged in a shoving/wrestling match midway through the third quarter of Philadelphia’s 117-95 win last night. The altercation resulted in an on-court scuffle involving multiple players and team personnel.
The beef between the two big men continued through the night on social media, which means the next time they match up will be must-see television.
Both players will begin serving their suspensions Saturday night.
The NBA’s official announcement on the two-game suspensions for Joel Embiid and Karl-Anthony Towns … pic.twitter.com/bqLQcw8YYK
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) October 31, 2019
It’s not surprising that the NBA docked Embiid and Towns a couple of games each. What is a bit dumbfounding is how the league apparently didn’t feel Ben Simmons was worth punishing.
Simmons could be seen putting Towns in a headlock while the two were on the ground, but the NBA reportedly considered him a “peacemaker.”
All parties viewed Simmons as a peacemaker in scuffle. Simmons was seen on top of Towns, calming him down with with his arms. https://t.co/0LNuQewES8
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 31, 2019
The rematch between the 76ers and Timberwolves–and Embiid and Towns–is set for March 24, 2020.