Sixers Center Joel Embiid will cover any fine Jimmy Butler receives for being ejected from today's game with the Nets, says Marc Narducci of the Philadelphia Inquirer. The incident occurred in the third quarter after Embiid was blamed by blocking a shot from Jarrett Allen. Jared Dudley physically confronted Embiid, and Butler pushed Dudley in the back. Dudley was also sent off for the crash and an NBA spokesman said fines could be announced tomorrow.
"I'm sure I fed on that," said Embiid. "The fact that he had my back, I will pay the fine and it was great to see."
Butler maintained his actions during the post-game press conference.
"I'm only here to protect my big guy," he told reporters. "If someone meets him, I'll push him again."
There is more tonight in the Atlantic Division:
- the Sixers again waited a short time before getting informed to decide that Embiid would play, note Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer. Embiid's status was questionable 90 minutes before the match, but the medical team decided he could go. "It's more dictated by the doctors than by the coach. What bad did we put it? What useless harm do we introduce? coach Brett Brown I said. "If the answer is no, then you play it. Then, the level reached, whatever the level, then you question it.
- The trade that brought Angelo Russell of the Lakers was just one of the means used by the The nets were able to speed up their reconstruction process, written Ian Begley of ESPN. Another example was the hiring of coach Kenny Atkinson, who was able to guide the organization through dark times as she attempted to rebuild herself with only one first-round pick in three years. "You are only interrogating yourself," Atkinson said. "The next day, you are renewed, refreshed and you get back on track, but I must be honest: there were doubts."
Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times examines the importance of the Raptors' fortune in the playoffs Kawhi Leonard this summer when he decides to stay in Toronto.