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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Basketball

James Harden, Jae Crowder get face-to-face early in Game 3

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James Harden and Jae Crowder got face-to-face early in Saturday’s Game 3 of the first-round playoff series between the Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets.

Harden was called for two early fouls in the game, including one for making contact with Donovan Mitchell on a corner three. Crowder came over and gave Harden an elbow, which the former MVP didn’t like. Harden responded with a push, and the two got face-to-face.

The officials reviewed the play but did not hand out any discipline.

Harden had a difficult start to the game. In addition to getting in early foul trouble, he also missed his first five field goal attempts.

Joel Embiid cracks Warriors 3-1 joke and could not stop laughing

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Joel Embiid has never been shy about throwing around trash talk and jokes wherever possible, and that was the case on Saturday.

Not only did he throw shade at Jared Dudley in his interview after the Philadelphia 76ers’ Game 4 win over the Brooklyn Nets, but he also cracked a Golden State Warriors joke in his postgame press conference. The best part was how Embiid — and teammate Jimmy Butler — couldn’t stop laughing after making the joke.

The Warriors infamously blew a 3-1 Finals lead to the Cavaliers in 2016 before regrouping to win two in a row with Kevin Durant, prompting LeBron James’ move away from Cleveland to Los Angeles.

Embiid’s Sixers are now up 3-1 in their first-round playoff series against the Nets. Game 5 of the series will be on Tuesday in Philadelphia.

Watch: DeMar DeRozan ejected for throwing ball at Scott Foster

DeMar DeRozan

Frustration got the best of DeMar DeRozan late in the San Antonio Spurs’ loss in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series with the Denver Nuggets on Saturday.

DeRozan was upset about being called for a charge with about five minutes left in the game and his Spurs down by 18. He fired the ball at referee Scott Foster in frustration and was immediately ejected.

DeRozan did not have poor stats in the game. He was 7/13 for 19 points with 5 rebounds and 5 assists, but he was a -16 and San Antonio’s starters were mostly outplayed by Denver’s starters.

Foster is notorious for being stringent with his foul calls and is a particular nemesis for one Western Conference contender. In this case, we can’t blame him for the ejection — it was deserved.

Jared Dudley feels he did not shove Joel Embiid hard enough

Don’t wait for Jared Dudley to apologize for his actions that sparked a scuffle between the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

Dudley’s shove on Joel Embiid was the catalyst for the on-court confrontation, despite the fact that Embiid’s foul on Jarrett Allen, while hard, didn’t seem all that excessive.

Dudley doesn’t care. In fact, the only regret he has about the situation is that he didn’t shove Embiid harder.

The dislike between Dudley and Embiid is definitely mutual. It’s fair to say that the potentially decisive Game 5 could see even more bad blood manifest itself.

Joel Embiid dismisses Jared Dudley as a ‘nobody’

Joel Embiid

Joel Embiid threw all the shade at Jared Dudley after the Philadelphia 76ers’ big win over the Brooklyn Nets in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series on Saturday.

Dudley and Jimmy Butler were ejected for an altercation during the third quarter of the game, which began when Embiid fouled Jarrett Allen hard. Embiid tried to stay away from the skirmish and was even shown backing away with his hands up like he didn’t want to be involved. Dudley came after him with a shove, Butler shoved Dudley back, and then Ben Simmons got involved.

After his 76ers pulled out the 112-108 win, Embiid referred to Dudley as a “nobody” in his postgame comments to TNT’s Ros Gold-Onwude.

That’s savage, but the entire quote shows how wise Embiid is. We already knew he was a trash talker, but he showed maturity and discipline by not involving himself further in the fight and explaining why.

Embiid is too valuable to his team to get involved in situations like that and ejected. His 31 points, 16 rebounds,7 assists and 6 blocks prove that. Butler needs to learn the same lesson. As for Dudley, his comments about Ben Simmons clearly got under Philly’s skin.

Jared Dudley liked angry tweets about him in locker room after ejection

Brooklyn Nets forward Jared Dudley has eagerly embraced the villain role in his team’s series against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Dudley was ejected from Game 4 after getting into a scuffle with the Sixers, and he didn’t waste any time loading up Twitter in the locker room and liking angry tweets from Philadelphia fans.

The tweet Dudley liked was only one hour old when fans spotted it in his likes, meaning it had been sent after the game started. Getting on Twitter after his ejection was the only logical explanation for it.

Dudley has definitely played the agitator in the series. Unfortunately for him, the Nets faded after his ejection, falling behind late and losing Game 4 to fall behind 3-1 in the series.

Jimmy Butler, Jared Dudley ejected for role in Nets-76ers fight

The Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets got into a skirmish during the third quarter of Game 4 of their first-round playoff series on Saturday over a hard foul by Joel Embiid on Jarrett Allen that resulted in the ejection of two players.

Matters began when Embiid swatted at Allen hard as the Nets forward went up for a layup in the third quarter, knocking him to the ground. Jared Dudley did not like the hard foul on his teammate and shoved Embiid. Jimmy Butler didn’t like Dudley shoving Embiid, so he shoved Dudley. Ben Simmons got involved as well and pushed Dudley into the crowd. The two have some beef that has been ongoing throughout the playoff series.

Here’s a look at the incident:

Embiid was called for a flagrant 1 foul, while Jared Dudley and Jimmy Butler were ejected for escalating the incident.

If the Nets can trade Dudley for Butler, that’s an advantage to them since Butler is one of Philly’s top players. The 76ers lead the first-round playoff series 2-1.