Joel Embiid Says He Told Bradley Beal to 'Just Shut Up' During 76ers' Win vs. Wizards

Mike Chiari@@mikechiariFeatured Columnist IVMay 27, 2021

Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid plays during Game 2 in a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Washington Wizards, Wednesday, May 26, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
AP Photo/Matt Slocum

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid explained the exchange he had with Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal during Game 2 of their first-round playoff series on Wednesday.

While speaking to the media, Embiid said the back-and-forth happened after Beal was complaining about a non-call (beginning at the 8:10 mark):

Embiid added: "I just told him to just shut up."

It was a frustrating night for Beal and the Wizards, as they lost 120-95 and fell behind 2-0 in the series.

The Sixers used balanced scoring to take a 2-0 series lead, as Embiid tied for the team lead with 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting, while adding seven rebounds and three assists.

Embiid was also a plus-19 in his 26 minutes of play, which was tied with teammate Seth Curry for the game's best mark.

Beal had another huge game for the Wizards with a game-high 33 points on 14-of-28 shooting to go along with four rebounds and three assists.

The offensively gifted guard didn't get much help from his teammates, though, as the other four starters combined for just 31 points.

Beal's 35 minutes were the most of any player in the game, but he also had a game-worst minus-22 rating.

Although Beal wanted a call in Embiid's estimation, it should be noted that the Wizards got to the free-throw line far more often than the Sixers.

Washington attempted 30 free throws to Philly's 19, but the Wizards shot just 63.3 percent from the charity stripe.

After another frustrating night for Beal and the Wizards, they will head back home in desperate need of a win in Game 3 to avoid falling into what would likely be an insurmountable 3-0 hole.