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Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid fined $15K for criticizing officials

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Apr 23, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) gestures to the referees at the end of the fourth quarter of game four of the first round for the 2022 NBA playoffs against the Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia center Joel Embiid will pay a $15,000 fine for his criticism of officials following the 76ers’ Game 4 loss to the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

The 76ers, the No. 4 seed in the East, lead No. 5 Toronto 3-1 in the best-of-seven series. Game 5 is Tuesday in Philadelphia.

Embiid’s comments came following Philadelphia’s 110-102 loss to the Raptors on Saturday in Toronto. He insinuated that the officials were on the side of the Raptors in the game, and he directed a clap toward them at the end of the game.

“They did a great job. I admire the job that they did today,” Embiid said of the officiating crew. “To me, it felt like they had one job coming in here tonight. And they got it done. So, congrats to them.”

Raptors coach Nick Nurse also has complained about the officiating in the series but has not been fined.

–Field Level Media