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Joel Embiid on 76ers vs. Celtics Atmosphere: 'Our Fans Are Louder Than That'

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMay 1, 2018

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) lifts his face mask during a break in the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Monday, April 30, 2018, in Boston. The Celtics won 117-101. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid believes his team's fans will be louder than those of the Boston Celtics when their second-round playoff series shifts to the Wells Fargo Center.

As NBA TV shared, Embiid called the atmosphere at TD Garden for Boston's 117-101 victory in Monday's Game 1 "OK" and said, "I think our fans are louder than that."

NBA TV @NBATV

“It was okay. I think our fans are louder than that.” @JoelEmbiid on the atmosphere in TD Garden. #NBAPlayoffs https://t.co/GUwMqSTyy6

This isn't the first time a 76ers player has taken a shot at an opposing team's fans during these playoffs. Forward Ersan Ilyasova mocked the fans of the Miami Heat after Philadelphia dispatched of them in the first round but did praise Boston's in the process.

"When we were in Miami ... the gym was half-empty," Ilyasova said, per Ian Begley of ESPN.com. "But when you go to Boston, you will feel it. Even in the regular season, you know when you play that team, the arena is full, and they're really committed fans."

They apparently weren't committed enough to impress Embiid, and the center tallied a double-double with 31 points and 13 rebounds.

Boston fans will surely look to greet the All-Star with a loud response Thursday when the Celtics attempt to take a 2-0 series lead in Game 2.

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