The 76ers lost a tough one, 113-103, to the Heat in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series, and star center Joel Embiid was not happy about it.
After the game, Embiid expressed his frustration at not being on the court via his Instagram account.
Joel Embiid wants to get back on the court.
He let his frustrations out on Instagram. pic.twitter.com/YlYe6NjrZa
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) April 17, 2018
Joel Embiid to ESPN on the frustration behind his IG post from earlier, “I promised the city the playoffs and I’m not on the court and I may not be on Thursday either. I wish more than anything that I was out there. I just want the green light to play.”
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) April 17, 2018
In his postgame press conference, Philadelphia head coach Brett Brown responded to the post.
Brett Brown reacts to Joel Embiid's Instagram story, and says he "respects his frustration" pic.twitter.com/QhxpnvlmOI
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) April 17, 2018
The 76ers center was ruled out for Game 2 on Sunday despite clearing the NBA's concussion protocol. He is still recovering from an orbital bone fracture in his left eye, suffered just before the end of the regular season.
Embiid was expected to miss Game 1 of the series — in which the Sixers routed the Heat 130-103 — but with a protective mask, he had an outside chance of participating in Game 2.
Before Game 1, Embiid said he felt healthy enough to play.
"If it was my decision, I would play, but I can't get back out on the court if I don't have the OK from them," Embiid told ESPN on Saturday. "But everything has been going well. I've been able to do everything. And I feel great. So we got a pretty good chance for Game 2 or Game 3. We gonna see how it feels in the next couple of days."
Embiid is no stranger to the social media world, as he is known for posts that poke fun at opponents. This time, though, it appears frustration got the best of him.