Embiid seemed to put the blame for his the loss on Australian Ben Simmons who has been under pressure for his poor shooting of late. Embiid said a Simmons error was the turning point in the game.
"I mean, I'll be honest. I thought the turning point was when we — I don't know how to say it — but I thought the turning point was just we had an open shot and we made one free throw and we missed the other and then they came down and scored," Embiid said referencing a Simmons play.
"I don't know how to say it - but I thought the turning point was we had an open shot, we missed and we made one free throw."
—Joel Embiid on the Sixers' Game 7 loss vs. the Hawks pic.twitter.com/wDsw1gVZP0
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 21, 2021
Petracca is close friends with Simmons and leaped to the defence oh his long-time pal.
Petracca said Embiid may need to focus on himself rather than blame the Australian star.
"8 turnovers twice in this series and wasn't clutch?" Petracca questioned.
"Maybe look at your own game before you blame someone else.
"Bit rich and weak."
Christian Petracca calls out Joel Embiid for his post-game comments on Ben Simmons pic.twitter.com/Vw362jO95A
— 7AFL (@7AFL) June 21, 2021
Petracca was pulling no punches, even tagging the 76ers' big man in his post on his Instagram story.
We now eagerly await Embiid's response?