Skip to main content

NBA Announces Punishments For Joel Embiid, Karl-Anthony Towns

Joel Embiid tries to drive on Karl-Anthony Towns in an NBA game.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 30: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers drives to the basket against Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first quarter at the Wells Fargo Center on October 30, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

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.

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."

The rematch between the 76ers and Timberwolves--and Embiid and Towns--is set for March 24, 2020.