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Boston’s Marcus Smart two-hand shoved 76ers’ Joel Embiid to the floor

Joel Embiid says he wanted to stay at KU but was pushed to leave

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid talks about the circumstances regarding his decision to leave Kansas after his freshman season. He said he wanted to stay but was pushed to leave, though he didn't want to identify who. He spoke to reporters o
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Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid talks about the circumstances regarding his decision to leave Kansas after his freshman season. He said he wanted to stay but was pushed to leave, though he didn't want to identify who. He spoke to reporters o

Philadelphia center Joel Embiid is 7 feet tall, so it takes a lot of force to knock him to the court.

Boston guard Marcus Smart provided that during Wednesday night’s game. Embiid set a pick on Smart and used his elbow while doing so. Smart fell to the court, but got up and used two hands to shove Embiid, who sprawled on the floor.

Embiid went after Smart but teammates and officials stepped in to stop the incident from escalating.

“Obviously, I was frustrated, because it was a cheap shot,” Embiid told ESPN. “I didn’t see it coming. It caught me off guard.

“But, I mean, I really don’t want to talk about it. I don’t care.”

ESPN reported that Embiid received a technical foul for the elbow that knocked down Smart, while Smart was given a flagrant foul and ejected from the game.

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Philadelphia rallied for a 118-115 victory.

From covering the World Series to the World Cup, Pete has done a little bit of everything since joining The Star in 1997. He writes about baseball and has a quirky blog that augments The Star’s coverage of area teams.

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