76ers' Joel Embiid on Game 2 trade with Raptors coach Nick Nurse: 'I told him to stop complaining about the calls' - New Style Motorsport

PHILADELPHIA — In the final seconds of the Philadelphia 76ers’ 112-97 Game 2 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Monday night, Sixers All-Star center Joel Embiid and Raptors coach, Nick Nurse, engaged in a lively exchange. The exchange wasn’t necessarily heated, but it didn’t seem friendly either.

Obviously, the trade piqued the interest of fans and media members alike, and Embiid was asked about it after the game.

“He’s a great coach,” Embiid said of Nurse. “Obviously, what he’s been able to accomplish, and [I’ve] has always been a huge fan. But, I told him, respectfully, I told him to stop complaining about the calls, because I saw what he said last game.”

Embiid was referring to comments Nurse made about the way Philadelphia’s 131-111 Game 1 win was officiated. Basically, Nurse felt that Embiid was being given too many calls without his own fouls being called.

“I don’t care if you’re 5-foot-11 and 160 pounds, if you hit him on the spot and he hits you, it’s a foul,” Nurse said of Embiid on Saturday night. “I thought he threw three or four elbows to the face. He got called for one. Let’s just stand there … If we’re legal defensively, then we have to get him called or we don’t.” take a chance. Spot. No one can protect that guy if they’re just going to let him run you over and over again. We’re going to stand there and we’ll see.”

Nurse’s words seemed to have little to no impact in Game 2, as Embiid shot 14 free throws, including 12 in the first quarter alone, matching Toronto’s total for the entire game. Embiid has attempted 25 free throws in the first two games of the series. The Raptors just don’t have the size or strength up front to compete with him, so they are forced to foul. The nurse may not like it, but that is the simple reality of the situation.

“If you’re going to triple somebody the whole game, he’s probably going to get to the free throw line, or if you push him and try to hold him back and all that stuff, he’s probably going to do it.” get to the free throw line,” Embiid said after Game 2. “So I feel like every foul was legitimate and probably [there] It should have been more, honestly.”

All coaches work with umpires, but Nurse has taken it to another level in the series with the Sixers. In addition to his comments on the podium, he apparently spent an inordinate amount of time complaining to referees during games. He hasn’t worked out so far, as Toronto has been outscored by 35 points in the first two games of the series. Going forward, Nurse might want to worry a little more about his own team and a little less about the referees.

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