“Obviously I had been defeated, as it had been a cheap shot,” Embiid said afterward. “I did not see it coming. It grabbed me .
“However , I mean, I really do not desire to discuss doing it. I don’t care”
Smart got tangled up with Embiid at the 11:08 mark of the next quarter when attempting to steal a pass designed for the All-Star center on the perimeter.
Two moments later, after Boston inbounded the chunk following a stoppage in play, Embiid caught Smart trying to proceed by him with what were a elbow in to the left ribcage. Smart then dropped to the bottom, but no call had been made.
Since Embiid afterward began to walk away, Smart stood up, took a step and gave Embiid a two-handed push in his spine, with both arms fully extended. That sent Embiid sprawling to the ground from the corner, and he immediately leapt to his feet and tried to dash back at Smart, with officials, coachesand security guards and players from both teams preventing matters from slipping further.
After an extended review, the officials hit Smart having a flagrant foul two — leading in an immediate ejection.
” We needed him out there,” said Celtics coach Brad Stevens, who added he was frustrated at Smart. “Don’t make it wrong: We love everything Marcus is. And part of Marcus is the passion.
“Because you know, a period or twice a year, it gets the best of him. However, this is simply a reminder of just how important he is. He knows exactly how all of us feel and he knows all of us love him. That is just a portion of it. It’s part of a very long season.”
Smart left without talking to colleagues.
As the telephone was announced, Smart was cheered off the courtroom from the fans at Philadelphia, and he increased his right hand to the audience to egg them as he walked through the tube back to Boston’s locker room.
“Stuff that way, it gets me moving, it gets the audience going,” Embiid explained. “And everyone knows that I play when the audience is involved. So energy was definitely good for all of us “
Embiid, meanwhile, was hit by a technical foul for his part in the play. Kyrie Irving hit the technical free throw for Boston, but Embiid hit both of the free throws that was included with the flagrant, then made a layup to change it into a four-point possession.
“I actually thought we had begun to get sort of just a small bit of a rhythm and momentum just a bit to the close of this 2nd quarter, and believed too at the beginning of the next,” JJ Redick explained. “It certainly helped us by a spot differential stand point, because we could get to the freethrow line and knock a couple of free throws.”
Embiid led all scorers with 37 points to go along with 22 rebounds, in addition to a massive block onto a drive by Irving at the match’s final minute.
“I have been hearing why these guys can guard me a lot better than other people, therefore I needed to come out and show that I am the most unstoppable player from the league,” Embiid told ESPN’s Cassidy Hubbarth after a win.