Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid was fined $35,000 for “Escalating the on-court altercation” between himself and Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series on Friday night, the NBA announced Sunday.
The NBA said Embiid’s fine was for pursuing “Collins in an unsportsmanlike manner and failing to comply with an NBA Security interview following an on-court incident.”
The incident occurred with 4:02 left in the fourth quarter, when Embiid fell onto Collins’ legs after an offensive foul as he was attempting to go up for a basket.
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Collins pushed Embiid off him but then Embiid walked into Collins with his hands outstretched as the two went toward the stanchion, with teammates from both sides trying to separate them. “You have to play the game and protect yourself. There are situations where guys are getting hit and they feel that those are fouls that are unnecessary and sometimes you just respond and you react in a situation like that. You try to keep your head, but you also tell our guys we have to protect ourselves as well.
“That situation with John, Embiid falling on his leg, it was a very similar situation that happened in Philadelphia where Embiid fell on his leg.