What Joel Embiid did to the Los Angeles Clippers is the most thorough, most brutal evisceration of an opposing team that has happened in the NBA this season. Yes, Embiid scored 32 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in the 109-105 win Monday, and, yes, the 76ers were an incredible plus-23 in his 36 minutes (!!) on the court, but this went far beyond the game itself.
The Clippers can’t even feel bad for themselves. They started it, and Embiid showed them no mercy.
Willie Reed commits a flagrant-1 against Embiid
Reed is terribly undersized in this most matchup against Embiid, but you can’t just pull the man down for no reason. Embiid gets up quickly, but the two parties are separated. That’s fine. Embiid has been angered.
And he laughs at Reed while shooting his free throws.
While shooting his tech FT’s, Joel Embiid is laughing at Willie Reed on the bench. This dude is a legend.— Dennis Chambers (@DennisChambers_) November 14, 2017
And also mocks Reed in the huddle.
Joel Embiid is GIVING it to Willie Reed after that flagrant. Damn. pic.twitter.com/eze8pgJYLh— 16 Wins A Ring (@16WinsARing) November 14, 2017
Embiid stares down Blake Griffin after dunking
The thumbnail says it all. Embiid knows exactly what he’s doing.
Then Embiid taunts DeAndre Jordan
Joel Embiid just scored on DeAndre Jordan and yelled "You can't f****ng stop me!"— Kristian Winfield (@Krisplashed) November 14, 2017
I mean ... did you see how badly Jordan bit on Embiid’s pump fake on the dunk above?
Embiid helps foul out Jordan and Reed
After fouling out Jordan with 2:21 left in the fourth quarter, Embiid reacts like this.
Embiid fouls out DeAndre Jordan, walks up to taunting Clips fan and says: “Guess where he’s going? Home! He’s going home.” pic.twitter.com/PyGz5774wi— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) November 14, 2017
With 22 seconds remaining, Reed fouls out. It was a foul he had to take to extend the game, but he had reached five personal fouls due to guarding Embiid, who is just an enormous, physical, and dominating presence. It’s hard to do anything but foul him. (Embiid averages 6.9 fouls drawn per game this season, fifth most in the league.)
On TV moments later, Embiid doesn’t know Reed’s name.
Embiid completes his masterful night of trolling the Clippers by telling Molly Sullivan he wanted to play “inside especially against DJ and ... I don’t know what’s his name.”— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) November 14, 2017
“I just wanted to go inside,” Embiid says, “especially against DJ and, uh, I don’t know what’s his name,” referring to Reed.
This, actually, feels like the most innocent of Embiid’s gestures. I believe he legitimately just forgot Reed’s name. Of course, that makes the burn even more ruthless, but maybe this is on Reed to be more notable.
Embiid talks about how Reed can’t guard him
Joel Embiid on confrontation with Willie Reed: He just did what he had to do, that was fouling me. And he got a technical (flagrant) because he couldn't guard me... I don't even know what to say. pic.twitter.com/b0oiTETLni— Law Murray ⚁ (@LawMurrayTheNU) November 14, 2017
Here, Embiid says: “He just did what he had to do, that was fouling me. And he got a technical [flagrant] because he couldn't guard me.”