Joel Embiid has never let a loss keep him from throwing shade at his opponents, or their fans. After the Philadelphia 76ers got trounced by the Boston Celtics in Game 1 Monday night, Embiid took a shot at the crowd at TD Garden, saying the fans in Philly are louder.
“It was OK,” Embiid said, via WEEI.com. “I think our fans our louder than that so I mean, it was OK.”
Of course, this likely has something to do with Celtics fans taking aim at Embiid’s rookie teammate, Ben Simmons, with a barrage of “Not-a-rookie” chants. Embiid is doing his best to play it all off like none of that had any impact on him or his team.
“Yeah. I was fine,” Embiid added. “It didn’t bother me, you know. But they were great, they supported their team tonight. It was good. I love that type of atmosphere because it kind of elevates my game knowing that there’s a lot of fans out there that are talking trash, saying some crazy stuff.
To Embiid’s point, he did have a monster game, going for 31 points and 13 rebounds in the loss.
“I love when people talk trash, keep bringing it on and we’re gonna see how it goes,” he said.
Boston fans are sure to bring their loudest voices in Game 2 after Embiid’s challenge. We cannot wait to see what happens when these two rivals meet up once again on Thursday. It’s going to be a blast, and it’s clear Philly needs to bring its A-game to even up the series at one game apiece.