Many expected tensions to flare up in Game 3 of the Nets-Sixers series in Brooklyn, but Game 4 was went the trash talk from both sides boiled over.
Jared Dudley and Jimmy Butler were ejected from the contest after a skirmmish in the third quarter that saw both benches clear to break it up. But the scuffle didn't end the feud.
Embiid commented on what happened after the Sixers picked up the win, and made sure to answer the question first by calling Dudley "a nobody."
Joel Embiid on Jared Dudley:- SNY (@SNYtv) April 20, 2019
"He's a nobody" 💀💀💀pic.twitter.com/d1FZFiETSf
Dudley also didn't hold back in his comments about the incident.
"That push wasn't that hard," Dudley told The Daily News' Stefan Bondy. "He didn't even fall down. If anything, I fell down. But it's a certain thing for the league to look at that. Like I said, Joel Embiid is second in the league in Flagrant fouls. He just got a Flagrant 1 almost hitting a guy (in Game 2). If (Allen) would've sold it a little bit more falling down, that was a crucial elbow -- laughing about it, no fine. If anything, I should've got him worse."
Dudley rushed Embiid following a hard foul on Nets C Jarrett Allen that led to the brawl. Butler followed up with a shove of his own on Dudley, which led to both players getting ejected from the game. Embiid received a Flagrant 1 foul for his swat on Allen.
With Game 5 returning to Philadelphia on Tuesday, Dudley certainly won't be welcomed nicely when he checks in off the bench. And with a few days before tip-off, there probably will be more said to keep the rivalry going in this first round.