Terry Rozier punches Joel Embiid

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Embiid mocks Rozier's height after altercation in Celtics loss to Sixers

John Tomase
May 08, 2018 - 12:12 am

It apparently isn't a postseason series if Terry Rozier isn't getting into it with somebody.

Round one brought his head-to-head battle with Milwaukee's Eric Bledsoe, also known as "Drew" for Rozier's purposes.

In a Game 4 loss to the Sixers on Monday, Rozier decided to take on someone even bigger -- Philadelphia center Joel Embiid.

The two received matching technical fouls in the second quarter after Embiid tried to rip the ball away from Rozier, who had just committed an offensive foul. Rozier responded by striking Embiid in the chest as the two jawed before needing to be separated.

"He tried to punch me twice," Embiid said in his postgame press conference. "Too bad he's so short that he couldn't get to my face. I didn't understand why it was a double technical because I was just trying to get the ball and he was the one trying to swing."

The two responded by trading 3-pointers after the minor fracas, though Embiid won the overall battle in Philly's 103-92 win that sends the series back to Boston for Wednesday's Game 5, a potential clincher for the Celtics.

"Those type of plays, they just kind of like boost your energy and it takes your game to another level, so I like getting into that type of style," Embiid said.

For his part, Rozier just echoed his Round 1 comments about being out there having fun, preferring to let his game do the talking.

"It's just out there having fun," Rozier told reporters, including MassLive's Tom Westerholm. "To set the record straight, I wake up every morning not worried about nobody, no man on this earth. We were out there having fun. It's just part of a basketball game. That's all it is."

Rozier finished with 11 points and eight rebounds, while Embiid finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds.

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