Joel Embiid took a hard swipe at the referees as he exited his media availability after the 76ers’ 112-109 loss to the Celtics on Wednesday (Manila time).
Embiid scored 23 points and added 14 rebounds in an entertaining encounter against a Celtics team without an injured Kyrie Irving.
The center likely was irked by a debatable block by Al Horford in the fourth quarter, which led to a Marcus Smart dunk at the other end that stretched the Celtics’ advantage to four points.
After giving a frustrated assessment of the game to reporters, Embiid left with a parting statement.
“And the referees f—g sucked,” he said.
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Embiid’s numbers came despite being stifled by Horford for long spells, with the Celtics big man chalking up 23 points and eight rebounds of his own.
But Embiid insists Horford’s success in their head-to-head battles was more because his own shortcomings than Horford’s abilities.
“He’s not doing anything,” he said. “I was sleepwalking for three quarters, and that’s on me.
“Like I said, that’s on me. It had nothing to do with anybody.”