Philadelphia 76ers star big man Joel Embiid wasn't happy with the officiating in Game 6 against the Atlanta Hawks. Embiid felt he wasn't getting the call that Hawks star guard Trae Young was getting. "I just felt like it wasn't called both ways, especially because of the minimal contact that they get on the point guard and when it comes to us, we don't get the same thing," Embiid said after Philadelphia came back from down 12 in the first quarter to win.
"So, I just want it called both ways. If you're going to call something like nothing on their point guard, it should be the same way and call the same thing [for] me when I get -- if I get -- touched." During the game, Embiid and Atlanta big man John Collins were assessed a technical foul.
"I got a tech for it and I didn't think it was an offensive foul," Embiid said after finishing with 22 points and 13 rebounds. "I was just trying to stay calm and have my hands up. And someone was pushing me from the back, and I don't understand why I got a tech.
"But I guess it is what it is. I was hacked all night and I don't think I was on the free throw line until I got to the fourth quarter and all that stuff. So it was questionable, but we got the win. That's all that matters."
Embiid and Tobias Harris led the Sixers to a win
Harris received two early fouls and he left the game after only four minutes played. When Harris returned, he scored 24 points and the Sixers won 104-89 to level the series at 3-3.
"When Tobias got the two early fouls, in some ways it may have helped, because then he came back in and he was really fresh," Rivers said. Meanwhile, Hawks center Clint Capela spoke about the challenging of facing Embiid.
"We have to keep our composure," he said. "I have to keep my composure when I guard Embiid. I know he'll make tough shots. I know he's great at what he does. Every time I have to focus on the next action and for my part, make his job as hard as I can.
I know he'll make some tough shots. That's OK. "Just go the other way and try to put my teammates in a good position to make shots. Just make sure every possession we don't give anything or we give hard, contested shots over and over again."