The 76ers blew a 14-point fourth-quarter lead to the Trail Blazers, going scoreless for nearly a five-minute stretch of the final period.
Why did Philadelphia’s offense stall?
76ers center Joel Embiid:
We didn’t get any calls. I thought there was a couple – the big fella, Nurkic, played well, especially in the fourth quarter with five fouls. And I thought there was a couple calls that should have gone our way and him fouling out. He was a big piece of them taking our lead in the fourth quarter.
To be fair, Embiid also said, via Jessica Camerato of NBC Sports Philadelphia:
“Usually I don’t complain about anything, even if it doesn’t go my way. But everybody did a good job. The referees, they did a great job. They can’t see everything, so I understand everything, but we’ve just got to do a better job of holding a better lead and finishing the game.”
Players and coaches seem more frustrated with refereeing than they have in a long time. It’s getting tough to see these complaints after so many games.
At least the league is trying to do something about it.