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Joel Embiid to Raptors Nick Nurse: Stop bitching about calls


PHILADELPHIA—The controversial relationship between the Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers star center Joel Embiid has grown a bit.

Toronto coach Nick Nurse and Embiid were embroiled in a lengthy sideline chat in the dying seconds of Philadelphia’s 112-97 Game 2 win on Sunday over fouls that benefit Embiid.

“He was telling me ‘I’m going to keep making all the free throws if you keep fouls’ and I said ‘well, you might have to,'” Nurse said after the game.

“But (he is) a good player. I have a lot of respect for him. He certainly plays very well here.

“There’s nothing but us trying to compete with him and him trying to compete with us.”

Embiid put a little more pressure on it.

“What I told him. respectfully, ‘stop bitching about the calls,'” Embiid told reporters at the post-match press conference, prompting some laughter.

Embiid made 12 of 14 free throws in the Game 2 win after going 9-for-11 on the line in Game 1. The Raptors’ difficulty keeping him in the position is a huge reason the Sixers are leading the best de- seven series 2-0 heading into Game 3 Wednesday at Toronto.

The nurse made an unsolicited plea to the officials ahead of Game 2 to crack down on Embiid’s swinging elbows.

“There were multiple shots in the face (in Game 1), and I don’t understand (why they) weren’t seen again,” the Raptors coach said ahead of Game 2.

“There were three: one was called and examined; there were two more, one on the back of the head, there was a slap in the face. I hope they have enough courage to at least stop the game and watch this tonight. I don’t mind the physical and we expect it to get physical. You have to know how to manage that. »

The Raptors handled it a little better in Game 2 but still sent Embiid down the line far too often, especially in the first half when Philadelphia took control of the game.

“I just imagine there’s some kind of contact there, but I also think some of them will probably raise their hands and (not get) the benefit of the doubt there.

“I guess it takes a little steam from you when you play well, play hard, play physically. We just need to do a better job.

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