By Peter Gleason
Sixers center Joel Embiid is pissed he got called for a flagrant foul Thursday night.
And if he gets another one in the playoffs he’ll be docked a game!
Late in the fourth quarter of the Sixers’ 112-101 victory over the Toronto Raptors in game 6 of the Eastern Conference semis, Embiid flicked center Marc Gasol in the face with his hand as they were battling for a rebound.
Embiid, who finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds, was called for a flagrant foul, his third point of this year’s playoffs.
Players are punished with an automatic one-game suspension after reaching four flagrant-foul points. Each subsequent flagrant point will earn the player an additional one-game suspension.
“I mean it’s annoying, it’s stupid,” Embiid said after the game. “I feel like the one in Brooklyn should be rescinded and tonight, it’s just basketball. I didn’t mean to do it. I just happened to hit him in the face, I guess, and didn’t mean to do it.
“It just happened. A lot of things like that happen. I got hit in the face in the first half by [Toronto’s] Pascal but kind of like the same situation, that wasn’t flagrant. I saw the video of it, I mean it doesn’t look that bad. It’s tough.
“I guess I get one more and I’m gone for one game. So I got to look out for it, but that’s definitely, this one and in the one in Brooklyn that I feel like I didn’t deserve.”
During the first-round series against the Brooklyn Nets, Embiid received two flagrant 1 fouls, elbowing Jarrett Allen in Game 2, then in Game 4 fouling Allen, who was attempting a layup.
That led to a fight on the court, and the Sixers’ Jimmy Butler and Nets’ Jared Dudley were ejected.
The Sixers and Raptors meet in the deciding Game 7 on Sunday in Toronto.
Another flagrant foul for Embiid would mean getting suspended for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals in Milwaukee if Philly beats Toronto, or sitting out the first game he plays in the 2019-20 regular season if they lose the semi-finals.