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Sports76ers' Brown defends ill Embiid from criticism: 'I think it's grossly unfair'

15:06  08 may  2019
15:06  08 may  2019 Source:   thescore.com

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76ers' Brown defends ill Embiid from criticism: 'I think it's grossly unfair' © Jesse D. Garrabrant / National Basketball Association / Getty

Battling an upper respiratory infection Tuesday, an ailing Joel Embiid put forth a second consecutive dud performance as the Philadelphia 76ers now trail 3-2 in their second-round matchup with the Toronto Raptors.

Sixers head coach Brett Brown doesn't understand why the All-Star center is getting criticized considering how sick he's been for the better part of the series.

"He was trying to do whatever he could to represent his organization and play basketball for the Philadelphia 76ers," Brown said following his team's 125-89 blowout loss in Game 5 at Scotiabank Arena. "I'm kind of disappointed. He gets shooken around, to me, too much. He's trying to play for us. He's trying to get out of bed with a significant temperature and come represent the organization. I think it's grossly unfair some of the criticism that he gets. I don't understand that.

Embiid didn't sleep, required IV ahead of Game 4 loss to Raptors

Embiid didn't sleep, required IV ahead of Game 4 loss to Raptors Joel Embiid's lethargic performance in Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Toronto Raptors can be attributed to the Philadelphia 76ers All-Star once again being under the weather. Following the Sixers' 101-96 defeat at Wells Fargo Center, Embiid admitted he was vomiting, got little sleep, and required an IV at 6 a.m. ET, according to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Serena Winters. The 25-year-old center added his current illness is unrelated to the stomach flu that plagued him during Game 2. 76ers head coach Brett Brown confirmed during his postgame press conference that Embiid was sick and could have missed Game 4. "He just kind of willed his way through it.

"It's not ideal. You wished he were at shootaround. You wished he were in film sessions. He had a temperature for the last few days that's kept him in bed."

Embiid exited with 9:05 remaining in the fourth quarter with Philadelphia trailing 101-73. Raptors fans and team ambassador Drake viciously trolled the 7-footer as he walked off the floor by mimicking his airplane celebration from the Sixers' Game 3 victory.

He finished with 13 points and six rebounds on 5-of-10 shooting in 31 minutes of action but turned the ball over a team-high eight times. It marked the fourth time in five meetings with Toronto that Embiid failed to eclipse the 20-point mark, with his shooting percentage now at 38.3 percent for the series.

Embiid suffering from respiratory infection, probable for Game 5

Embiid suffering from respiratory infection, probable for Game 5 Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid missed Tuesday's shootaround with an upper respiratory infection and is listed as probable for Game 5 against the Toronto Raptors, according to TSN's Josh Lewenberg. Embiid has seemingly suffered from a variety of illnesses throughout the Eastern Conference semifinals, as he fought through stomach flu ahead of the series' second contest and required an IV hours before the 76ers' Game 4 loss. The All-Star big man is averaging 18 points on just 36 percent shooting in 31.3 minutes per game during the second-round playoff series. He did, however, finish with 33 points, 10 rebounds, and five blocks in the team's Game 3 blowout win.

"I can't control my physical condition but I can control how much I push myself," Embiid said, according to NBC Philly's Serena Winters. "I've got to do more. I have to go back to Game 3 energy, gotta have fun."

The 25-year-old admitted to having the stomach flu for Game 2 and required an IV after failing to get much sleep ahead of Game 4.

Toronto can close out the 76ers on Thursday at Wells Fargo Center to advance to its second Eastern Conference finals in franchise history.

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