LOADING ...

Joel Embiid Ends Press Conference By Declaring That The Referees "Fucking Suck"

Tom Ley Feb 13, 2019. 12 comments

The freshly beefed-up Philadelphia 76ers faced a reeling and miserable Boston Celtics team in Philly last night, and thus had the opportunity to put a signature win on their increasingly hated rivals. Instead, they got beat 112-109 (despite the Celtics not having Kyrie Irving on the floor), and Joel Embiid was frustrated about how the game turned out. He ended up doing that thing a lot of star players do when they have a bad game in an important matchup: blame the refs.

After grouchily sitting through a press conference in which he was asked to explain how Al Horford had held him to a 9-of-22 shooting night, Embiid ended things with a pointed message:

Embiid was clearly upset about a no-call at the end of the game, when he went one-on-one against Horford, got hacked and lost the ball, then watched Marcus Smart dunk it at the other end to give Boston a four-point lead with under 30 seconds to play.

His frustration likely runs even deeper, though. The Sixers are now 1-7 against the Celtics, Raptors, and Bucks this year, and are 2-10 against the Celtics over the last 16 months. Horford is one of the few players who has had any success locking up Embiid on a regular basis, and the Celtics give the Sixers more trouble than any other team in the league. Last night was an opportunity for the Sixers, now armed with Tobias Harris and Jimmy Butler, to prove that they now have the upper hand in the rivalry. That may yet prove to be true, but for now the Celtics still own the Sixers, and all Embiid can do about it is curse the referees.

12 Comments

Other Tom Ley's posts

Deadspin Up All Night: All That Grace, All That Body Deadspin Up All Night: All That Grace, All That Body

Thank you for you continued support of Deadspin. Onward. 

Meet "The Fridge," Who Is Like "The Freeze" But Larger And More Cunning Meet "The Fridge," Who Is Like "The Freeze" But Larger And More Cunning

Everyone loves “The Freeze,” the masked sprinter who makes a living humiliating amateur athletes at Braves games, but there is a similar hero plying his trade at Gwinnett Stripers games, and he is quite the specimen.Meet “The Fridge,” who defeats his enemies with both his feet and his mind: If any semi-pro football teams need a left tackle, give...

Foul Ball Immediately Becomes Child's Most Prized Possession Foul Ball Immediately Becomes Child's Most Prized Possession

Yes, yes, we’ve all seen various versions of a video showing a baseball fan grabbing a foul ball in a way that is funny or charming. But have you ever seen a young baseball fan get his hands on a foul ball and respond like he just gained possession of the One Ring?All credit due to the Orioles, whose...

Deadspin Up All Night: People Should See How We're Livin' Deadspin Up All Night: People Should See How We're Livin'

Thank you for your continued support of Deadspin. We’ll be around. 

Suggested posts

Nick Kyrgios Uses Bathroom Break To Demolish Two Rackets, Then Spits At Umpire In Latest Meltdown Nick Kyrgios Uses Bathroom Break To Demolish Two Rackets, Then Spits At Umpire In Latest Meltdown

Your browser does not support HTML5 video tag.Click here to view original GIFNick Kyrgios melted down spectacularly Wednesday night at the Cincinnati Masters, in a second-round loss to eighth seed Karen Khachanov, 6–7, 7–6, 6–2. Kyrgios completed a stirring comeback in the first set but started coming unglued in the second set, after chair umpire Fergus Murphy hit him with...

Moroccan Soccer Player Tries To Quit In The Middle Of A Preseason Ass-Kicking Moroccan Soccer Player Tries To Quit In The Middle Of A Preseason Ass-Kicking

Turkish side Fenerbahce took on German giants Bayern Munich in a preseason friendly yesterday. Things did not go well for the Fenerbahce players, who were dominated throughout the game and lost 6-1. That performance earned them plenty of boos from the home fans, which were enough to drive team captain Nabil Dirar to attempt to storm off the field...

Enes Kanter Claims Turkish Embassy Bullied A Mosque Into Canceling His Basketball Camp Enes Kanter Claims Turkish Embassy Bullied A Mosque Into Canceling His Basketball Camp

In a statement released Wednesday night, Boston Celtics big man Enes Kanter claims that his very public criticism of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his regime has cost him one of his summer basketball camps. In the statement first shared by New York Daily News reporter Stefan Bondy, Kanter says the Islamic Center of Long Island canceled a...

Taylor Lewan Issues Weird, Tearful Apology After Testing Positive For PEDs Taylor Lewan Issues Weird, Tearful Apology After Testing Positive For PEDs

Have you ever had the experience of having to watch someone deliver a long and weepy statement on a topic you truly do not care about? If not, Tennessee Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan is here to provide you with that experience: Lewan really unloads the entire staged-sincerity arsenal—making a point to cast aside his prepared notes, stopping to...

Ben Simmons Hit A Three! (In A High School Gym) (During A Pick-Up Game) Ben Simmons Hit A Three! (In A High School Gym) (During A Pick-Up Game)

Now that free agency is settled and the draft is over and summer league has come and gone, the only thing NBA fans have left to consume before the start of the season is shaky, grainy footage of their favorite players participating in offseason workouts. These clips are always circulated by some shooting coach or Instagram account who will...

Miscounted Chips Lead To World Series Of Poker Drama Miscounted Chips Lead To World Series Of Poker Drama

The World Series of Poker, the favorite sporting event of kids who are home all day for summer break and can’t find anything good to watch, is currently underway, and folks, we got some drama.During yesterday’s Main Event, Dario Sammartino found himself heads up with Nick Marchington, who had just gone all in. Sammartino asked the dealer for a...

Carmelo Anthony Sounds So Sad After The Knicks' Latest Collapse Carmelo Anthony Sounds So Sad After The Knicks' Latest Collapse

The Knicks have had a rather tempestuous last month. They fired Derek Fisher , got into just the dumbest heckling controversy , and had to hold a press conference denying that Kurt Rambis was, in fact, horny online. On top of all that, they’ve lost 16 of 19. Kristaps Porzingis’ continued delightfulness is about all they have going for...

Celtics Bring In More Normal All-Star Guard Celtics Bring In More Normal All-Star Guard

Minutes after Kyrie Irving shipped himself off to Brooklyn to try and get the Nets to interested in channeling the cosmos, the Celtics have gone ahead and signed a more-than-suitable replacement for this upcoming season: Kemba Walker. Walker may not be as talented as Irving is—the numbers and two-year age difference back that up—but the drop-off between the two...

Jonas Blixt Chucks Club Into The Water After Crappy Drive Jonas Blixt Chucks Club Into The Water After Crappy Drive

Jonas Blixt is in last place at The Players, and now the Swede gets to complete his likely final nine holes of the tournament without a driver after throwing it into the water following a lousy drive at the 18th of TPC Sawgrass. That’s not going to improve your score, Jonas![Golf Channel]h/t to ChrisUpdate (May 11, 2015): Video removed.Open...

Messi On Copa América: "I Think The Cup Is Fixed For Brazil" Messi On Copa América: "I Think The Cup Is Fixed For Brazil"

Despite the absence of Lionel Messi, and being down to 10 men on the field, Argentina were able to hold off Chile in the Copa América third place game with a 2-1 victory to take home bronze in the tournament. However, the Argentinian superstar was noticeably absent from the ensuing medal ceremony, despite his team finally vanquishing the foe...

Language