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Joel Embiid takes shot at Warriors after 76ers take 3-1 lead over Nets

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Joel Embiid takes shot at Warriors after 76ers take 3-1 lead over Nets

It's time to come to terms with the fact that the 3-1 jokes are never going to stop.

The Warriors entered the NBA playoffs as the odds-on favorite to win their third straight NBA championship, and yet all anyone wants to talk about is the 2016 NBA Finals.

Earlier this week, the Breaking T-shirt company trolled the Warriors for blowing a 31-point lead to the Clippers in Game 2 of their first-round series with special shirts. As you probably have figured out, 31 also doubles as 3-1. How clever.

Well, now we can add Joel Embiid to the list of people who continue to bring up the Warriors' collapse in the 2016 NBA Finals.

After the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Brooklyn Nets 112-108 in Game 4 on Saturday to take a 3-1 series lead, Embiid was asked how important the win was and he, of course, had to take a swing at the Warriors.

Don't tempt fate, Joel.

Considering how top-heavy the Eastern Conference is, this might be Embiid's only opportunity to take a shot at the defending champs because it's probably not going to come on the court in June.

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After the 76ers' second-round flop in last year's playoffs, you'd think Embiid would be more focused on the task at hand instead of cracking jokes after a narrow win over the upstart Nets.

But after you drop 31 points and pull down 16 rebounds, we guess you can make all the jokes you want.

NBA rumors: Warriors acquire No. 41 overall pick in trade with Hawks

NBA rumors: Warriors acquire No. 41 overall pick in trade with Hawks

The Warriors already are making draft-day moves.

In need of wing depth and shooting, the Warriors reportedly made a move to acquire the No. 41 overall pick in Thursday night's NBA draft from the Atlanat Hawks. 

With the futures of Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson both up in the air, the Warriors need to find a way to fill the roster with cheap talent.

After losing Kevin Durant (at least for the season if not forever) and Klay Thompson (likely until at least March), the five-time defending Western Conference champions will need to add some scoring around Steph Curry, who will have to carry a much heavier load next season.

[RELATED: Myers hoping to find instant contributors for Warriors]

NBA draft day is just getting started.

2019 NBA Draft rumors: Live updates, latest news, draft-day trade talk

2019 NBA Draft rumors: Live updates, latest news, draft-day trade talk

The 2019 NBA Draft is here. 

The Raptors knocked off the injury-ravaged Warriors just a week ago to win their first NBA championship in franchise history, but we're already on to the first phase of the offseason.

On Thursday night, Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett, Ja Morant and others will have their NBA dreams realized when commissioner Adam Silver calls their name. 

[RELATED: Ten possible picks for Warriors to make at No. 28]

The lead up to the NBA draft also should hold plenty of intrigue. The Lakers reportedly are trying to clear more cap space in an effort to add another max slot alongside LeBron James and the soon-to-arrive Anthony Davis. The Warriors, meanwhile, are looking for a way to add talent to a roster that was hit hard by severe injuries in the NBA Finals. How will the Kings use their three second-round picks? It's sure to be a fun day.
 

You can follow all of the draft-day trade rumors, news and talk below:

7:05 a.m.: The Warriors wasted no time getting to work Thursday.

5:46 a.m.: Boston is scrambling to change the direction of its franchise in the wake of Kyrie Irving and Al Horford's expected exit.