Referee Mark Ayotte told a pool reporter Wednesday night that Simmons was "deemed a peacemaker" for an act that included him holding Towns to the floor in what the Timberwolves contend was a "dangerous chokehold", league sources told ESPN. Embiid only played 20 minutes and still led the team in scoring. His most recent challenger? (Getty) Karl-Anthony Towns tries to headlock Joel Embiid.
It wasn't your normal variety National Basketball Association fight as the two players really went after each other causing a big melee before being separated by teammates, coaches and referees.
Skyrocketing to a 20-point lead midway through the second quarter, things got terrible testy between the 76ers and the Timberwolves.
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Both teams entered 3-0.
Check out Simmons hitting teammate Joel Embiid directly in the face with a pass.
Today, the 76ers are claiming Ben Simmons was actually a "peacekeeper" in all of this and shouldn't be suspended. No, Embiid fired first with a tasteful (by Philly standards) IG post. Embiid had one more round of verbal ammunition to fire on social media. I just did what I had to do, trying to control myself and it happens, ' Embiid continued. "I aIN't nO BiTcH RaiSeD ARoUnD LiOnS #BitchTalk". Embiid left to a raucous applause and MVP chants from the Wells Fargo Center crowd, encouraging the ovation all the while.
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I'd be mad too, but getting into a fight on the court? "That's why you were treated like a bitch by you know who", a line that certainly sounds like a reference to Jimmy Butler.
The Hawks only attempted 27 threes in the game and instead attacked the rim in the pick and roll to test Joel Embiid's health as he had recently returned from an ankle injury. In the meantime, you can go ahead and circle March 24, 2020 on the calendar, as that's the next time the Sixers and Wolves will go head-to-head. Philadelphia won the match 117-95, their fourth consecutive victory of the season.
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