In Game 2 of this First Round matchup between the Nets and 76ers, Joel Embiid hit Jarrett Allen with a nasty elbow that was deemed a flagrant one. But when asked about it post game, Embiid and Ben Simmons chuckled as the big man tried to answer the question.
As one would expect, the Nets didn't think highly of that reaction.
Veteran forward Jared Dudley was the most outspoken of the Nets, and he didn't hold back during media availability at practice on Wednesday.
"I felt a certain type of way about it," Dudley told The Daily News' Stefan Bondy. "Just because you're laughing when somebody could've gotten really, really hurt. That's been Embiid's personality. But just because it's your personality doesn't mean it's right."
Embiid has always been known as a charismatic player to say the least. But that personality can be viewed as reckless, or "carefree" as Dudley put it to Bondy.
Rookie Rodions Kurucs also thought it wasn't right for Embiid to laugh about the play. Kurucs caught himself a flagrant foul after a forearm to Ben Simmons about 30 seconds after the Embiid incident, but his, he says, wasn't on purpose. Embiid's was.
"(Embiid's) was a pretty dirty play in my opinion," he told Bondy. "Dirtier than mine, 100 percent. Because I didn't do it on purpose and I saw he did it on purpose. So I feel he was laughing about that."
So do the Nets retaliate tomorrow night in Game 3, this time at Barclays Center? They will, but not with dirty play.
"Two young guys saying whatever they said in the moment. It is what it is," Dinwiddie told reporters. "It's not something that we can play into because if we get into a physicality match -- I mean if J.A. throws the same elbow and hits Joel, he's getting ejected like that's just kinda what it is. So we can't play that game. All we have to do is go out there and play our game and be who we are and we'll be fine just like in Game 1."
The Nets left Philadelphia with the series at 1-1, much to the surprise of many after their Game 1 upset. Now the ball is in their court, and as D'Angelo Russell put it, they'll be coming out with that "hit first" mentality on the court.
But that doesn't mean Brooklyn can't add some fuel to the fire. Dudley called out Simmons' play.
"Ben Simmons is a great player in transition," Dudley explained. "And once you get him into halfcourt, he's average."
Since this has been all talk off the court, it will be interesting to watch how both teams respond on the court in Game 3.