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Joel Embiid Calls Out Referees Once More After Sixers Drop Game 7 vs. Hawks

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“When you talk about drawing fouls, a lot of people, I guess, call it flopping, all that stuff but, the way I say it is it’s about being smarter than your opponent,” said Embiid back in January. “You gotta have a high basketball IQ. I’m talking to the young guys, they’re like, ‘How can we draw fouls? How can we get to the free-throw line?’ and I’m like, ‘You gotta be smart like as soon as you feel the contact, you gotta go through it,’ and that’s how you get fouled.”

Although Embiid’s an all-around offensive star as he’s a three-level scorer, the big man collects a lot of his points visiting the free-throw line. “We had a bunch of guys; whether it’s Ben or Tobias, in foul trouble, I just felt like he wasn’t calling it both ways. Especially because of the minimal contact that they get on their point guard. And when it comes to us, we don’t get the same thing. I just want it called both ways. If you’re gonna call like nothing on their point guard, it should be the same way [for us].”

In addition to Embiid’s lack of foul calls in his favor, he also picked up a technical foul due to his on-court altercation with Hawks forward John Collins. While Embiid credited the Hawks for coming out and defeating the Sixers, Philly’s All-Star couldn’t wrap up his final postgame press conference of the season without calling out the officials one more time.

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