76ers' Joel Embiid Fined $15K for Criticizing Referees After Game 4 Loss vs. Raptors

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIApril 25, 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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The NBA has fined Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid $15,000 for his actions towards officials following the end of his team's 110-102 loss to the Toronto Raptors in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series on Saturday.

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The following was released by the NBA. <a href="https://t.co/oPjPbHKPVo">pic.twitter.com/oPjPbHKPVo</a>

Cameras captured Embiid giving the referees, who were led by crew chief Scott Foster, a sarcastic clap following the end of the game.

NBC Sports Philadelphia @NBCSPhilly

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

The 76ers were on the wrong end of the officiating whistles Saturday. They were called for 26 fouls, while the Raptors had 20. Toronto shot 35 free throws, and Philadelphia had 25.

After the game, Embiid was asked if he felt the refs should have been called for more fouls, and he gave this response.

NBC Sports Philadelphia @NBCSPhilly

Joel explains his golf claps for the refs at the end of Game 4 👀 <a href="https://t.co/TCqxrZwni7">pic.twitter.com/TCqxrZwni7</a>

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps

Joel Embiid’s extended thoughts on his golf clap to the refs postgame.<br><br>“Like 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.” <a href="https://t.co/x1s5yR6etW">pic.twitter.com/x1s5yR6etW</a>

It's safe to assume Embiid didn't actually believe the officials did a "great job" based on his postgame reaction, but on the bright side, his 76ers hold a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series and will return home to host Game 5 on Monday at 8 p.m. ET.