Head coach J.B. Bickerstaff was visibly frustrated with how things have unfolded when Joel Embiid still proceeded to play after an overturned offensive foul against him that helped the Philadelphia 76ers to cruise a 118-109 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
With 4:12 left in regulation, Embiid was called for his sixth foul of the game after pushing Evan Mobley with his right elbow. 76ers coach Doc Rivers elected to challenge the call and went on to be successful based on the review made by the officials.
“It was a helluva charge to get Embiid his sixth foul. He did a helluva job. It’s clear as day that’s a charge. There’s no doubt about it,” Bickerstaff told reporters in 118-109 Wednesday Sixers win, per Ky Carlin of USA Today. “The call was made on the floor. He stands in between him and the basket. He lowered the shoulder. I thought Evan competed and laid it all out on the line.
“Guys oughta be rewarded for that. You know what I mean? Like if you’re willing to stick your nose in there, sacrifice your body, you oughta be rewarded for the correct play.”
Following the game, official John Goble went on to defend their reassessment of Embiid in a pool report, noting that the contact made by the big man was “determined to be marginal” and didn’t go through Mobley.
Without Jarrett Allen, Embiid dominated the paint of the Cavs with his 36 points and 18 boards, continuing to build up his solid MVP campaign this 2022-23 season.