Joel Embiid on Celtics: 'It's Not a Rivalry. ... They Always Kick Our Ass'

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistOctober 17, 2018

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Take it from Joel Embiid, and there is no budding rivalry between the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers.

"This is not a rivalry," Embiid said following the Sixers' 105-87 loss to the Celtics on Tuesday night, per Sporting News' Sean Deveney. "I don't know our record against them, but it's pretty bad. They always kick our ass."

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The big man has a point.

The Celtics went 3-1 against the Sixers during the 2017-18 regular season, and they dispatched them in five games during a heatedalbeit rather lopsided—Eastern Conference semifinals clash in May.

For what it's worth, Sixers shooting guard JJ Redick is with Embiid.

"I'm a firm believer having played ACC basketball that one side has to beat the other side for it to be a rivalry and vice versa," Redick told reporters prior to Tuesday's season opener. "It's not a rivalry until we knock them out of the playoffs. For now, they've got the upper hand. It’s not a rivalry."

The Sixers will get their next crack at the Celtics when the two sides hit Boston's parquet floor on Christmas Day.

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