Sixers' Joel Embiid, Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns Both Suspended 2 Games


The NBA has handed down its punishment to Joel Embiid and Karl-Anthony Towns.

The Philadelphia 76ers center and Minnesota Timberwolves center have both been suspended two games for their fight and "continued escalation following the incident" from Wednesday's game, according to a report from The Athletic.  

Sixers point guard Ben Simmons was not suspended or fined for his role in the fight, and was instead viewed as a peacemaker attempting to break it up.

Both Embiid and Towns were ejected from the game immediately.

After the game, Embiid didn't help his case by going on social media and going back and forth with Towns, using some inappropriate language.

"That tough guy act ain't cutting it," Embiid tweeted. "You know what you are.. you know what you've always been>>> A P**** (SAY IT LOUDER FOR PEOPLE IN THE BACK) Been kicking your ass and pretty please make the playoffs before you talk. It's a known thing that I OWN YOU. @KarlTowns"

The tweet was accompanied of a screenshot of the two trash-talking each other on Instagram from the past.

Towns also used inappropriate language in his tweet, which prompted Embiid's response, and it included photos of Towns putting Embiid in a headlock and Embiid crying after losing Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals last season.

Sixers' GM Elton Brand offered support for Embiid via ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Thursday afternoon.

The 4-0 Sixers begin a four-game West Coast trip on Saturday in Portland against the Trail Blazers while the 3-1 Timberwolves head to Washington, D.C. to play the Wizards on Saturday before returning back home on Monday.

The two teams do not face each other again until March 24 when the Sixers head to Minnesota, and will surely be a game worth watching.

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