Joel Embiid is confident when Pistons center Andre Drummond is guarding him.
“I feel like I own a lot of real estate in his head,” Embiid told reporters after the 76ers’ 133-132 overtime loss to Detroit on Tuesday, via the Philadelphia Inquirer.
— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) October 24, 2018
Embiid had 33 points on 11-of-20 shooting. He also added 11 rebounds and seven assists and drew a technical foul against Drummond late in the game, which resulted in an ejection.
Embiid really got Drummond ejected 😬 pic.twitter.com/X7giIAaeHg
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 24, 2018
“There was a lot of cheap shots taken,” Embiid said. “And I think at one point (the referee) said that the next cheap shot, next one is going to get a technical foul and that’s why he got a technical foul.
“All I was doing was talking and playing basketball and trying to win the game.”
Drummond did not agree with what Embiid said and responded to his postgame quotes on Twitter.
“Lol does he?” he wrote. “If that’s so he wouldn’t be so excited to have me off the floor? Think about it that’s a silly statement ! I’ll take the W though enjoy flight home #Emmyaward winning actor.”
Lol does he? If that’s so he wouldn’t be so excited to have me off the floor? Think about it that’s a silly statement ! I’ll take the W though enjoy flight home #Emmyaward winning actor
— Andre Drummond (@AndreDrummond) October 24, 2018
Embiid is now averaging 27.8 points and 9.8 rebounds in four career games against the Pistons. He only averages more points against the Clippers and Lakers.
Drummond had 14 points on 6-of-20 shooting with 16 rebounds Tuesday. He also had two blocks to go with four fouls. The two players will match up again when the Pistons travel to Philadelphia on Nov. 3.