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The Kings blame Joel Embiid for loss

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The Kings blame Joel Embiid for loss

The Kings aren't happy with Joel Embiid.

They placed some blame on the Sixers big man for their 23-point loss Thursday night.

How was Embiid at fault for a game he didn't even play?

Well, the Kings felt the wrath of Karl-Anthony Towns.

Let's just say Embiid may have fired up Towns after he embarrassed the Timberwolves big man on Instagram the night prior (see story). In Embiid's defense, Towns was the instigator (see story).

Nonetheless, Towns went off on the Kings for 30 points, 14 rebounds, five assists, five blocks and a plus-22 rating, leading the Timberwolves to a 119-96 win.

"I came to be an assassin tonight, not a basketball player," Towns said after the victory. "I wanted to try to be as active as possible and just disrupt the game as much as possible as well."

Way to go, JoJo.

Sorry, Kings.

Joel Embiid talks roasting Karl-Anthony Towns: 'They call me Tro-el Embiid'

Joel Embiid talks roasting Karl-Anthony Towns: 'They call me Tro-el Embiid'

CAMDEN, N.J. — Joel Embiid couldn't let the comment go by without a response. After all, he is the social media savant and has become the master at having the last word.

When Karl-Anthony Towns replied to Embiid's Instagram post about the Sixers' win over the Timberwolves in Minnesota, Embiid stepped into action (see story)

"They call me 'Tro-el Embiid,'" Embiid said at shootaround Thursday. "So I don't let things go by."

Embiid captioned a photo of him scoring over Towns on Tuesday, "Euro stepping our way through Minnesota and we ended up raising the cat last night #TheProcess." Embiid captured his nice move to the basket as well as the Sixers celebrating a win.

"We ended up raising the cat," Embiid said. "I don't know if he understood the meaning of actually raising the cat. Maybe he thought it was about him. Raising the cat is basically when we win a game. You got to raise the cat. I guess he thought it was about him. He made a comment."

Towns replied, "That caption was as trash as your picture quality," to which Embiid said, "Better quality than your defense." Embiid scored 28 points in the win. 

"I just felt like that needed a reaction from me," Embid said. "I think I had a pretty good comeback."

So is Embiid vs. Towns now a heated rivalry? Not so fast. Embiid is good friends with Towns and considers him "my guy." Like his banter with other bigs around the NBA, this back and forth was good-hearted trash talk.

"I'm just having fun out there," Embiid said. "Social media is a way for me to express myself. Off the court, we're friends and stuff. On the court, I want to kick his a--, but it's all fun."

Embiid added, "Hopefully no one ever takes it seriously." 

Karl-Anthony Towns tried coming at Joel Embiid on Instagram ... and it was a mistake

Karl-Anthony Towns tried coming at Joel Embiid on Instagram ... and it was a mistake

Joel Embiid didn’t let back stiffness keep him from returning to the Sixers’ lineup on Tuesday with a dominant effort in the team’s 118-112 OT win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Embiid had 28 points (8 of 16 shooting), 12 rebounds and eight assists in a career-high 39 minutes. However, the big man’s best performance might have come on social media the following day.

On Wednesday, Embiid sent out a picture on Instagram and Twitter of him scoring a bucket past fellow center Karl-Anthony Towns during the victory.

Towns, who had 19 points and 16 rebounds in the matchup, had a response. But much like on the court, Embiid got the best of this battle too.

h/t Bleacher Report Twitter account.