Joel Embiid Says 76ers 'Should Be 2-0' After Game 2 Loss to Knicks

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid during Game 2 vs. the New York Knicks
Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid during Game 2 vs. the New York Knicks / Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers came up short once again on Monday night, losing out to the New York Knicks 104–101 in Game 2 and falling into a 2–0 series deficit.

Despite their unfavorable position, star center Joel Embiid maintained confidence that the team would be able to turn things around, even claiming that he feels the team should actually be the one with a two-game lead.

"We should be 2–0, so we're good. We're going to win this series. We're going to win this. We know what we've got to fix, we did a better job today, so we're going to fix it. We're the better team and we're going to keep fighting," said Embiid to reporters postgame.

Embiid said the 76ers were attempting to call timeout late into the game, but were ignored by the officials. He added that he felt there were many fouls that went uncalled against New York.

The team reportedly intends to file a grievance with the league in regards to the officiating from Games 1 and 2, per ESPN's Tim Bontemps.

Embiid logged 39 minutes in the loss during Game 2, providing the team with 34 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Despite the former MVP averaging 31 points through the first two contests, Philadelphia remains winless in the series.

Karl Rasmussen


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