Joel Embiid makes bold statement with t-shirt after Game 4 win (pic)
The Philadelphia 76ers staved off postseason elimination Monday night thanks to a 103-92 victory over the Boston Celtics in the friendly environs of Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers nevertheless still have their backs against the wall being down 3-1 in the series and the Eastern Conference semifinal series shifting to TD Garden on Wednesday.
That said, Sixers superstar Joel Embiid, after a particularly chippy game, let his t-shirt do the talking after the Game 4 win.
It’s hardly surprising that Embiid would frame such a bold proclamation in social media terms, as the 24-year-old has become quite the character on Twitter and elsewhere.
Embiid’s t-shirt-based bravado of course comes amid the backdrop of some on-court shenanigans involving himself and Celtics players Marcus Morris and Terry Rozier.
Embiid got into Morris’ face to seemingly argue the Sixers were getting in the Celtics’ heads. Morris responded with a brilliant taunt, flashing a “3-0” hand gesture.
Embiid also mixed it up with Celtics guard Terry Rozier following some heated on-court action.
Tensions ran high between Joel Embiid and Terry Rozier in Game 4. pic.twitter.com/eYNGlMsynQ
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 8, 2018
After the game, Embiid claimed Rozier tried to punch him twice then broke out a great joke about their size differential.
Sixers' Joel Embiid on confrontation w/ Celtics' Terry Rozier: ""He tried to punch me twice. Too bad he's so short he couldn't get to my face. I didn't understand why it was a double technical." pic.twitter.com/ABdaetgeqM
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) May 8, 2018
Suffice to say, Game 4 proved to be quite the eventful spectacle, a trend that Embiid, never short on confidence, perpetuated after the win with his shirt.
While it is indeed a long shot that the Sixers will win four straight to win the series, at least Monday’s win added some juice to a series that otherwise was a one-sided affair.
Although it’s a grossly premature to predict that “History Will Be Re-Tweeted,” though, despite Embiid’s thoughts on the topic, as no NBA team has ever come back from a 3-0 series deficit.