The Philadelphia 76ers staved off elimination in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference Semifinals series against the Boston Celtics Monday night. The double-digit win might not have been cause for drama at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
That doesn’t mean both sides weren’t on edge as Boston looked to complete the series sweep. This spat between Celtics guard Terry Rozier and Sixers All-Star Joel Embiid was the first example of a series that’s about to get more heated (watch here).
Following the game, Embiid was seen wearing this pretty petty t-shirt to signify that he believes the Sixers will become the first team to overcome a 3-0 series deficit to come out on top.
Check out Joel Embiid’s shirt: pic.twitter.com/UpL2afKWoe
— Jessica Camerato (@JessicaCamerato) May 8, 2018
This came after Embiid shared words with hot-headed Celtics forward Marcus Morris during the game. You can decide what was actually the point of contention here. It’s rather obvious.
Embiid starts barking at Marcus Morris and Morris responds with a 3-0 gesture 🔥🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/gqljawtDCL
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) May 7, 2018
With Game 5 set to go down Wednesday in Boston, Morris made sure that Embiid knows where the Sixers stand in this series.
“S—, I’m ready to go now,” Morris said, via ESPN. “They had a lot to say in here. They did what they’re supposed to do. They got one. S—, we did what we’re supposed to do, we got one (on the road). So we’ll go back 3-1 and hopefully we put it away.”
Morris is correct. For a team that was down 3-0 in the series Monday night, the Sixers were chirping quite a bit. In no way does that mean this isn’t a series. A win Wednesday, and Philadelphia will push it to a Game 6 at home. At that point, it’s anyone’s guess as to what might happen.
Even then, Morris wasn’t about Embiid’s antics Monday with his team looking directly into a potential four-game series sweep.
“Because it’s reality. It’s hard because I know I wouldn’t say a damn word if I was down 3-1. But, hey, we’re all different. So it is what it is.”
It’s an interesting dynamic to look at heading into Wednesday’s game. For a team that was up 3-0, Boston seemed a tad tight. On the other hand, a young Philadelphia squad was seen smiling and laughing throughout. Even after his spat with Rozier, Embiid could be seen smiling.
Whether this tells us anything moving forward in the series remains to be seen. But it is possible that Philadelphia is in Boston’s head.