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#pounditFriday, July 23, 2021

Joel Embiid throws Ben Simmons under the bus after Game 7 loss

Joel Embiid

Ben Simmons’ utter refusal to shoot late in Game 7 of his Philadelphia 76ers’ 103-96 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night bothered his teammates pretty badly.

Joel Embiid wasn’t trying to call out Simmons, but he couldn’t help but do so after the loss. The Sixers big man said the game turned when Simmons refused to shoot an open layup down 88-86 and 3:30 to go in their game.

Here is the play:

Instead, Matisse Thybulle was fouled and made 1-of-2 free throws. The Hawks responded with an easy basket, and then Embiid missed a shot. Then Trae Young hit a three-pointer to make it 93-87.

After the game, Embiid said he felt the game turned on that play.

Simmons had such a wide open shot that it has to be beyond frustrating for his teammates not to see the former No. 1 pick take advantage of it. Embiid probably feels similarly to Doc Rivers.

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