Lakers Star LeBron James Called Out for ‘Dangerous’ Play

Getty LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers is blocked by Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers.

Joel Embiid was not happy with the officiating following the Philadelphia 76ers 107-106 victory against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night, taking exception to a flagrant foul call on LeBron James that he dubbed as “dangerous.”

James made contact with Embiid while he was in the air during the third quarter, causing the Sixers big man to tumble to the floor. Embiid thought the play warranted a flagrant foul 2, rather than the flagrant 1 James was assessed after a review.

“Well, first of all, I mean you look at it, that’s a very dangerous play,” Embiid told reporters. “I guarantee you that if it was me, I would have probably been ejected from the game, which has happened in the past with me getting flagrant fouls really for nothing.”

Joel Embiid calls LeBron James' flagrant foul a 'dangerous play' | NBA on ESPNJoel Embiid addresses the media after the Philadelphia 76ers' 107-106 win vs. the Los Angeles Lakers. Embiid says if he had fouled LeBron James the same way he would have been ejected from the game as it was "a dangerous play." Embiid says the Lakers are a great team but the 76ers let their foot…2021-01-28T06:10:33Z

What made Embiid equally irate was that he was given a flagrant 1 on the other end after striking Anthony Davis with an elbow.

“When you compare that to the one that I got, which I thought I didn’t really hit him, I didn’t elbow him,” Embiid said. “I might have touched him. But I don’t think it deserved the flagrant, if you’re gonna compare those two.

“Those are tough plays, and I just thought, you know, it should’ve been a flagrant 2.”

James didn’t talk specifically about the foul but admitted the Lakers should have done a better job defending Embiid without fouling.

“Got to do a better job keeping our hands out of the cookie jar, who has Harden-like magic as far as the swipe move and things of that nature,” James said.


Doc Rivers on LeBron James: He’s Not Dirty

Getty ImagesJoel Embiid is fouled by LeBron James.

Philadelphia head coach Doc Rivers was concerned for the health of Embiid, who is in the MVP conversation this season. But the veteran head coach wanted to make one thing clear about James while speaking to reporters.

“First of all, LeBron’s not a dirty player. It was just a physical play and they had to call the flagrant, I guess,” Rivers said. “You can get a flagrant easy these days. But that fall was hard, and there was some concern there, for sure. The fact that Joel kept going, clearly he wasn’t the same after that, as far as his movement. And we kinda knew that, and we used him a lot in pick and rolls because of that.”

That being said, Embiid still finished with a solid stat line, scoring a team-high 28 points to go with 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks.


Alex Caruso Steps Up Down the Stretch for Lakers

LeBron James on loss to 76ers & hard foul on Joel EmbiidPHILADELPHIA — Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James talked about the last second loss to the 76ers and his hard foul on 76ers center Joel Embiid. – #celtics #NBA #CLNS The CLNS Media Network is the leading provider for video/audio content. CLNS is a fully credentialed member of the media with access to all NFL/NBA/NHL/MLB…2021-01-28T05:53:17Z

While James provided another packed stat line for the Lakers — 34 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists — it was Alex Caruso who sparked a late Lakers rally that nearly helped them pick up their 15th win of the year.

“AC is whatever we need. AC is kind of a Swiss Army knife, to be honest,” James said of the 26-year-old fan-favorite guard. “If you need scissors, wine opener, nail clipper, if you need a knife. He’s all that in one. He can do it all. He helps our ball club in so many different ways.”

Davis also had a nice night despite the loss, putting up 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks, although he would have liked to shoot better than 9 of 18 from the field.

“Missed some shots that he’s accustomed to making,” James said of Davis. “I think AD is in a pretty good rhythm right now and I think every game is getting better and better for him. But it’s our job to give him the ball & I thought we did a good job at times. At times, we did not.”

The Lakers will continue their extended road trip on Thursday against the Pistons.

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