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Joel Embiid calls once rivaled Boston Celtics "Easy"

Boston Celtics & Joel Embiid

Someone should tell Joel Embiid that it's not fair to kick someone when they're already down.

Someone should tell Joel Embiid that it's not fair to kick someone when they're already down. Because after he led a blowout win over the bumbling Boston Celtics, Embiid dropped a truth bomb on the very team that sent him home in two playoff series.

Embiid is not impressed by the Celtics

Does it hurt more for the fans of Boston that he was being brutally honest? If he was just trolling for a funny reaction, at least then you know the comment is a little distorted. Hell, you can ever fire a shot back. But in this instance, he's purely pointing out the harsh reality leaving Celtics fans tongue-tied without a comeback.

Sitting at 22-22, just outside of participating in an immediate Play-In Tournament, the Celtics have been a disaster of blown leads (most in NBA), weekly vacancies from health and safety protocols (most in league), and an onslaught of public inner-team callouts (their own Coach leads this category).

The worst of these callouts came from their starting point guard in Marcus Smart, who expressed his displeasure about the lack of ball movement and reliance on isolation plays. Shocker, I know.

"Every team knows we're trying to go to Jayson and Jaylen. Every team is programmed and studied to stop Jayson and Jaylen. I think everybody's scouting report is to make those guys pass the ball… They don't want to pass the ball. That's something that they're going to learn. They're still learning", said Smart after the Celtics became the first team ever to blow a 14-point fourth-quarter lead and then lose by 14 points against the Bulls in an early November game."

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They should start turning a corner a bit since they now have the 7th easiest schedule according to Tankathon. But their fundamental problem won't perish without a great point guard to create plays and get others more involved. Until then, this will likely not be the only rib shot. 

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