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Joel Embiid frustrated by inconsistent officiating vs. Atlanta Hawks

ATLANTA, GA - JUNE 14: Trae Young #11 of the Atlanta Hawks and Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers talk during Round 2, Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Playoffs on June 14, 2021 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

76ers star Joel Embiid sounded off on the officiating from his team’s game six outing against the Atlanta Hawks. ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reports that Embiid’s frustration showed as he wouldn’t even name Trae Young in his complaint.

“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… 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.”

Joel Embiid, Via ESPN

Looking at the final numbers from Friday night’s game in Atlanta, it appears as a fairly called game. Philadelphia took 23 foul shots as opposed to Atlanta’s 24. However, 20 of Philly’s 23 shots took place in the fourth quarter. This means that until the final frame, the 76ers only took three free throws.

The Sixers all-star also discussed his disagreement with the technical foul against him regarding a scuffle with Hawks forward John Collins. Embiid said that Trae Young pushed him into Collins and argued that he too should have received a tech.

Despite his contempt for the officiating, Embiid remarked that the win is all that mattered. Philadelphia stepped up from line in game six, hitting 15 of 20 shots in the fourth quarter. This improvement, combined with Atlanta’s shooting struggles throughout the second half, allowed the 76ers to hold on for the victory. It was a much-needed bounce-back performance after their embarrassing loss in game five.

The series now shifts back to Philadelphia for a final, seventh game. The winner will advance to the eastern conference final to face either the Milwaukee Bucks or the Brooklyn Nets. For the 76ers, it would be their first appearance in the third round since the 2001 postseason.

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