NBA playoffs 2019: Jared Dudley is 'a nobody,' says Joel Embiid

The smack talk continues between Jared Dudley and the 76ers.

After Dudley was ejected following his shove of Joel Embiid in the third quarter of the 76ers’ Game 4 win on Saturday, Joel Embiid was asked about Dudley and he wasn’t complimentary.

“First of all, he’s a nobody,” Embiid told TNT. “And when opponents try to do stuff like that, that’s just to get us out of the game, I’m too valuable to my team, that’s why I didn’t react.”

The 76ers center did not try to respond to Dudley’s shove and he explained why after.

“In that type of situation I just have to stay composed and be mature and let it go,” he said. “Because my teammates need me more than (his teammates) need him, so I’ve just got to be mature.”

Embiid may not have reacted but Jimmy Butler certainly did as he shoved Dudley right after he made contact with Embiid. That resulted in a scuffle that extended out into the crowd as officials tried to get it under control.

Dudley started a small feud with the 76ers when he said Ben Simmons was just average in the half-court before Game 3.

Simmons didn’t take kindly to that first addressing the comments by saying, “It’s coming from Jared Dudley, come on,” and then following that up with a statement game in which he scored a playoff career-high 31 points in a Game 3 win in Brooklyn.

Butler got involved with the war of words as well after that game saying Simmons was far from just average.

This feud is entertaining to watch, but it’s also one that is disappointingly very close to over.

The 76ers lead the series 3-1 and have a chance to close it out in Philadelphia in Game 5 on Tuesday.