With the Sixers eliminated, Joel Embiid was asked at his end-of-the-season press conference if he had a prediction for which remaining team would win the NBA championship.
His response was short and simple.
"Nah," he said, "I don't care."
However, Embiid looks like he's still keeping some tabs on the NBA postseason.
And, watching from afar, he's apparently not too impressed with Aron Baynes.
If you recall, during the Eastern Conference semifinals series in which the Sixers fell to the Celtics in five games, Embiid and Baynes had their moments.
Lots of physicality. A few minor scuffles. And this monster dunk by Embiid.
That's probably what the Sixers' big man was referring to when he tweeted Monday night during Game 4 of the Cavaliers-Celtics series.
Could this play have prompted the tweet?
Baynes probably isn't focused on Embiid or Twitter right now in the heat of the Eastern Conference Finals, but maybe he'll be asked about the tweet during media availability sessions before the series goes to Game 5 Wednesday.
The 31-year-old from New Zealand, a role player not known for tons of offense but with a championship ring, can become an unrestricted free agent in the offseason. We'll have to see where he plays next season, but let's hope some matchups with Embiid are in the near future.
The Sixers proved all season that they didn’t need any help hurting themselves at the end of games. Yet, in Wednesday’s season-ending Game 5 loss to the Boston Celtics, it appears they got a nudge in the wrong direction from the officials.
Per the NBA’s Last Two-Minute Report, the officials missed a pair of crucial calls at the end of the Sixers’ 114-112 loss at TD Garden.
The first came with 14.6 seconds left in the game. With the Sixers trailing 111-109, Joel Embiid backed down Aron Baynes and was hit on a layup attempt.
“Baynes makes contact to Embiid's arm that affects his shot attempt near the rim,” the Last Two-Minute report stated.
The latter non-call came when the Sixers tried a heave on an inbounds pass with 2.4 ticks left on the clock. Ben Simmons’ long pass to Robert Covington was intercepted by Boston guard Marcus Smart, who appeared to travel after catching the ball.
“Smart gathers the ball while landing on his right foot, after which he steps back with his left (establishing it as his pivot foot), then right,” the Last Two-Minute report stated. “He then steps slightly with his left again before jumping to release the ball.”
That call was extremely crucial as the Sixers would have had the ball for a side inbounds with 1.5 seconds remaining to score.
While no one is trying to pin the Sixers’ loss solely on the officials, those are still a pair of huge mistakes in the final seconds of an elimination game.
That fact wasn’t lost on a certain All-Star center.
Oh, my. Oh, my! The Wells Fargo Center finally woke up Saturday night thanks to one masked man with a legendary slam.
Joel Embiid threw down the nastiest dunk of his young playoff career and seemingly ended Aron Baynes' life in the process, as the kids like to say. Baynes was called for a foul on the play.
It came off a nasty setup from Ben Simmons in transition. Embiid played to the crowd wonderfully afterward as well.
The dunk was in the midst of a Sixers' run in the second quarter that really brought some juice to the home crowd and gave the home team some much-needed momentum. The Sixers trailed for much of the first half, but Embiid's dunk and subsequent run helped them hold a 51-48 lead at halftime.
That's a dunk we'll be talking about for as long as we watch sports.