By Wendy Burke
Joel Embiid had five fouls when he isolated against Evan Mobley late in the fourth quarter last night.
When Embiid went into his move, Mobley went flying backward.
It was an excellent sell, and the initial call was an offensive foul, Embiid’s sixth. The Sixers would have to hold on to a seven-point lead over the last four minutes without their MVP candidate.
Joel Embiid was called for his sixth foul.
Doc Rivers challenged the call and was successful. pic.twitter.com/AI0K4jt6qp
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) March 16, 2023
That is until Sixers coach Doc Rivers twirled his finger and the green light went on.
Rivers joked, “I was 100 percent sure it was another great challenge.”
Added Embiid: “I think it was a good call (by Rivers). I never extended my arm and I never really put a lot of pressure into hitting him. And you could tell right before the hit, he was already trying to flop and fall. I think that’s what they saw.”