76ers' Joel Embiid on Clapping at Refs After Game 4: 'I Admire the Job That They Did'

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIApril 23, 2022

TORONTO, CANADA - APRIL 23: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers shoots a three point basket against the Toronto Raptors during Round 1 Game 4 of the 2022 NBA Playoffs on April 23, 2022 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Mark Blinch/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid was clearly displeased with the officiating during his team's 110-102 loss to the Toronto Raptors in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series on Saturday, to the point where he gave Scott Foster and Co. a sarcastic golf clap on the way out.

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Joel giving the refs the golf clap ๐Ÿ‘€ <a href="https://t.co/gs8O1pETdM">pic.twitter.com/gs8O1pETdM</a>

When asked to comment on whether he thought more fouls should have been called, Embiid said the following:

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Tim Bontemps of ESPN provided a transcript:

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Joel Embiidโ€™s extended thoughts on his golf clap to the refs postgame.<br><br>โ€œLike I was doing at the end of the game, they did a great job. I admire the job that they did today. To me, it felt like they had one job coming in here tonight, and they got it done. So, congrats to them.โ€ <a href="https://t.co/x1s5yR6etW">pic.twitter.com/x1s5yR6etW</a>

Embiid played through a right thumb injury and did quite well considering the ailment:

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Embiidโ€™s final stat line playing through his thumb injury:<br><br>- 21 pts<br>- 8 rebs <br>- 7/16 FG<br><br>Game 5 in Philly on Monday ๐Ÿ‘€ <a href="https://t.co/Uq7d3PFFPT">pic.twitter.com/Uq7d3PFFPT</a>

However, Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (34 points) and guard Gary Trent Jr. (24 points) proved to be too much in the eight-point win.

There was a notable foul disparity: The Raps went to the free-throw line 35 times, while the 76ers were there 25 times. Philadelphia was called for 26 fouls, and Toronto had 20.

Regardless of one's feelings on the officiating, the 76ers are still in the driver's seat in this series with a 3-1 lead. They'll be back in Philadelphia for Game 5 on Monday at 8 p.m. ET.