For the second time in three days, the balls didn't bounce the Philadelphia 76ers' way.
On Sunday, it was the basketball on Kawhi Leonard's series-ending shot. On Tuesday, the ping-pong balls gave the Kings' 2019 first-round pick to the Boston Celtics, not the 76ers.
The Kings social media team combined the two moments to troll the 76ers.
The 76ers didn't waste time clapping back, taking a shot at the Kings' playoff drought.
Playoffs are like that, you kn- oh... nvm.— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) May 15, 2019
To refresh your memory, the Kings included their 2019 first-round pick in the Nik Stauskas trade in 2015. Then Philadelphia included rights to that pick in the Markelle Fultz-Jayson Tatum draft night trade two years ago.
The stipulations Tuesday night were this: If the ping-pong balls had pick anywhere between No. 2 and No. 14, Boston got the selection. If the ping-pong balls somehow defied the odds and landed at No. 1, Philly would get the pick.
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When NBA Deputy Commission Mark Tatum opened the first envelope, he pulled out a card with the Celtics logo on it. The Sixers were out of luck.
That's when the Kings pounced.