Philadelphia 76ers centre Embiid and Timberwolves big Towns were going at each other all game in the clash at Philly's Fargo Wells Centre, when things exploded in the third quarter. The players were still on their feet grappling before being separated. The two All-Stars, both seven feet and 250 pounds, engaged in a brawl on Wednesday that left Embiid's lip bloodied and earned both players an ejection. "And that escalated to the fight". Considering the intensity of the fight, and the fact that the participants are high-profile players, it wouldn't be surprising to see the league hand out some suspensions. "RaiSeD ARoUnD LiOnS", Towns wrote in the caption, with the location "All Bark & No Bite".
"I felt like you could see a lot of things the previous three possessions in the post".
"I didn't know we were doing it at first", Okogie said.
"It's going to take time for all of it to come together with our emphasis and changing of systems, but he is going to have a good year", Minnesota head coach Ryan Saunders said. "It kind of happened out of nowhere. I'm riding with him".
While Jeff Teague, Ben Simmons, and others were also involved in the scrum, no one other than Towns and Embiid were ejected from the game or assessed any technical fouls. "At the same time, we're a physical team, but we're not out here trying to fight people".
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"My teammate and Karl went at it", said Simmons at practice on Thursday". "I always got my teammate's back".
While heading back to the locker room, Embiid began to shadowbox, prompting fans to cheer "MVP!"
"All I did was try to be as cool as I could in that situation", the Sixers All-Star said. "Therefore, by rule, they're both ejected". Make no mistake, this Philadelphia 76ers team is really good and has pulled off four straight wins in four very different ways, but through it all, it's their leader, "The Process", who keeps this team moving forward like a shark towards an NBA Championship.
Embiid though, did not go quietly, pumping the crowd up as he was lead from the court.
As far as Towns' comments on the altercation, he replied to multiple questions about it with, "It was a competitive game".
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.