Barkley says Embiid kick was worse than Draymond stomp
The 2023 NBA Playoffs simply began however the league has already seen gamers grow to be extra bodily in the course of the postseason.
Draymond Inexperienced was just lately suspended by the NBA for stomping on Sacramento Kings’ heart Domantas Sabonis in Recreation 2 of the Kings-Warriors sequence.
Only a day later, Joel Embiid was caught kicking Nicolas Claxton within the groin throughout Recreation 3 of Philadelphia’s first-round matchup in opposition to the Brooklyn Nets.
Take a look at the video under.
Joel Embiid simply kicked Nic Claxton within the nuts, obtained a Flagrant 1 and stayed within the sport.
That is two days after Draymond Inexperienced bought ejected AND suspended for kicking a dude who was grabbing his foot.
— Guru (@DrGuru_) April 20, 2023
Barkley Believes Embiid’s Kick Was Worse Than Inexperienced’s Stomp
After the sport, TNT basketball analyst Charles Barkley was sad with how the referees and the NBA have dealt with the elevated physicality in the course of the playoffs.
Not solely did Barkley defend Inexperienced however he additionally believed that Embiid’s kick was extra egregious of an act than Inexperienced stomping on Sabonis’ chest.
Barkley wasn’t alone in his evaluation. Shaq was fast to agree, saying “Thanks” as Barkley was stating his case.
Take a look at what Barkley needed to say under.:
Charles Barkley on Joel Embiid’s kick:
“I feel his was worse than Draymond’s, to be sincere with you.”
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) April 21, 2023
Did James Harden Deserve To Be Ejected?
Whereas Embiid was allowed to remain within the sport after deliberately kicking Claxton, the NBA officers determined to return down more durable on his teammate as an alternative.
James Harden appeared to inadvertently punch Brooklyn Nets’ ahead Royce O’Neal within the groin on a drive to the basket. As a substitute of assessing Harden with a standard foul, he was issued a Flagrant 2 foul and ejected from the sport.
Watch the clip under and resolve for your self if it warranted an ejection.
What within the Chris Paul groin punch!!!! James Harden has been ejected for hitting Royce O’Neale within the groin. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/Fg14nNdjvL
— Coach Inexperienced (@Coach_DGreen) April 21, 2023
The 76ers went to on defeat the Nets 102-97 behind a clutch efficiency from Tyrese Maxey, who completed with 25 factors and 5 3-pointers within the win.
Embiid had 14 factors and 10 rebounds whereas Harden added 21 factors and 5 assists earlier than being ejected.