Jimmy Butler and Jared Dudley were both ejected from the Philadelphia 76ers’ 112-108 Game 4 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday after Dudley shoved Joel Embiid and officials had to separate players from the two teams.
Dudley rushed at Embiid with 7 minutes, 42 seconds remaining in the third quarter and Brooklyn leading 67-61 after the Sixers center fouled Jarrett Allen near the basket, bringing the 6-foot-11 Allen to the floor. In the ensuing fracas, Dudley and Ben Simmons spilled into the courtside seats along the baseline at Barclays Center.nfl nike jerseys cheap china
Dudley, who’d already made his mark on the first-round NBA playoff series with his play in Game 1 at the stretch-5 and his remarks going into Game 3, when he called Simmons an “average” player in the half court, was mocked by Embiid after Game 4.
“First of all, he’s a nobody,” Embiid told TNT of Dudley. “And when opponents try to do stuff like that, that’s just to get us out of the game. Especially, I’m too valuable for my team. That’s why I didn’t react. I did not do anything and I did not think that was a flagrant foul because I played the ball, too. But in that type of situation I just got to stay composed and be mature.”
Malloy added that Simmons and D’Angelo Russell, who were both involved in the hullabaloo that followed Dudley’s shove, were not penalized because they served as peacemakers. While Atkinson avoided offering an opinion on the scuffle, Russell found fault with the officiating not just in Game 4 but the entire series.
“I’m going to answer this as succinctly as I can without going at the refs, that’s not my intentions,” Russell said. “But, I mean, we’ve seen hard plays, we’ve seen hard fouls go against Jarrett Allen the last few games. This happened to be from the same player, so for Jared Dudley to step up and react like that, I thought it was necessary. Because we’re getting the bottom end of that …cheap nike nfl jerseys from china
“So for one of our players to be on the ground after every hard play like that, that’s not what it’s going to be. So, like I said, if those guys aren’t seeing it from our perspective, we see it from that perspective so we’re going to handle it in our own ways.”