HEY MARCUS, IT’S NOT VERY SMART TO FIGHT SIXERS JOJO!

By Jerry Wein

After the game, which saw the Celtics beat the Sixers 126-117, Joel Embiid said he “honestly” doesn’t know what he did to be on the receiving end of the anger of Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown.

“They had called a foul and I walked away, next thing I know, my foot is getting caught up, and I slipped. Next thing, Jaylen was on top of me and I don’t know. Basketball. Emotions, first game of the season, rivalry, Boston-Philly, a lot of intensity. It’s all good,” Embiid explained.

Smart was upset and questioned the officiating.

“Went for a rebound. Basketball play, went for a steal. My arm’s still stuck in there and he tries to break it. And I’m the only one who gets a tech. Everybody saw it. If I did that, I’m probably ejected, suspended. Three games, four games, fines. … Defending DPOY and that’s how he gets treated? It’s tough. I could have cracked his head open, but I didn’t. That’s the maturity we have,” Smart shared.

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