The Philadelphia 76ers and Joel Embiid entered Game 4 against the Toronto Raptors with aspirations of being the first and only team in the first-round series to clean sweep their opponents. However, the reality was in turn the opposite as the home team finally sealed their first win of the playoffs and extended this particular series at least until Game 5 in Philadelphia.
With Joel Embiid being majorly disappointed with the match officials and referees, he decided to sarcastically clap back at them while bowing out of the arena. In the post-game conference, he went further ahead and delivered a stern warning to the Toronto Raptors.
What was opinionated by Joel Embiid?
“I guess next game if they’re not gonna call it, I’m gonna be even more aggressive offensively and defensively,” Embiid stated.
The frontrunner for 2021-22 season MVP was clearly was not satisfied with how the referees officiated the game but as he said, he’s opted not to complain about it and just move on. However, it is clear that Joel Embiid intends to take advantage of the leeway the game officials have given both teams in this series in terms of letting the game be very physical.
Furthermore, Embiid wants all that smoke and he’s out to prove something in Game 5 on Monday. With VanVleet most likely to sit out for the rest of the series, there would be huge responsibility on the shoulders of Pascal Siakam and Gary Trent Jr to lead their side against the resilient Sixers.
That being said, talking about the individual performances from game 4, Embiid was surely not at his best on the offensive end as he managed to score only 21 points. He too got his ankle snatched by Thaddeus Young. On the other hand, Siakam rose to his best-form in the playoffs with game-high 24 points.
What drama awaits us in game 5? Will it be Embiid, Sixers to march on? Or will the Raptors be putting on more pressure on the unpredictable Doc Rivers’ team? Remains to be seen.