A day later, predictably, Embiid trolled Draymond on social media.
On Saturday, it didn’t talk long for the trash-talking talents to exchange words, particularly after the upstart 76ers’ lead ballooned to as big as 24 points.
If Draymond was telling Embiid to check the score a little later, his smack talk not only led to a missed free throw from the center, but was prophetic—the Warriors stormed back for a 124-116 victory.
After the win, the Warriors big man gave the young center high praise for his mouth work.
Draymond said after the game that he respects Embiid’s trash talk cause he doesn’t just talk when he’s winning, he talks the whole game.
— Enrico (@The700Level) November 19, 2017
“Guys don’t play and talk no more, so somebody who loves that and embraces that, I enjoy it,” Green said. “So it’s been refreshing to me to see somebody like that.”
Draymond even got after it with Philly fans.
Draymond Green telling some talkative Philly fans he can only hear them if they sit closer pic.twitter.com/V9Cht3Ow2u
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) November 19, 2017
Draymond was right: Even in defeat, Embiid wasn’t done talking trash.
The next day, Embiid trolled Draymond by responding with a tweet that on the surface looks benign, but is anything but when considering the Philly big man’s never-ending viciousness on Twitter, and the fact that no one will ever let the Warriors live down their blowing a 3-1 series lead in the 2016 NBA Finals.
— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) November 19, 2017
Unfortunately, these two won’t play again until next season—unless both make the NBA Finals.