Despite a 3-0 lead, last night’s game 4 win for Philadelphia may have revamped an old Eastern Conference rivalry. Center, Joel Embiid started the trend early as he pointed to his head suggesting that the Sixers were in it as they were looking to avoid the sweep. Though Boston Celtics forward, Marcus Morris wasn’t having it. Morris responded by reaching his hand in front of his face with a 3 symbol that he was making with his fingers.
Marcus Morris right in Joel Embiid's face putting up "3-0" 💀💀💀 pic.twitter.com/pnsEB4KXxO
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) May 7, 2018
The Sixers would go onto take game 4 103-92, but Morris and the Celtics aren’t worried at all.
“S—, I’m ready to go now,” Morris said. “They had a lot to say in here. They did what they’re supposed to do. They got one. S—, we did what we’re supposed to do, we got one [on the road]. So we’ll go back 3-1 and hopefully we put it away.”
Asked to explain his hand gestures to Embiid, Morris said, “Because it’s reality. It’s hard because I know I wouldn’t say a damn word if I was down 3-1. But, hey, we’re all different. So it is what it is.”
Morris and Embiid weren’t the only two to go at it as Embiid had a run-in with Celtics guard Terry Rozier during the first-half that resulted in a double-technical.
Sixers forward Ben Simmons would go onto say that Embiid feeds off of that energy.
“The way Jo handles himself on the floor is great. He feeds off the energy, so for somebody to frustrate him and get under his skin, he goes harder when he gets to the rim,” said Simmons. “When people try to annoy him and frustrate him, he wants to be great and you can see it.”
Embiid’s response to the Terry Rozier situation:
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