76ers’ Joel Embiid, Shake Milton appear furious at each other during in-game exchange

76ers' Joel Embiid, Shake Milton appear furious at each other during in-game exchange

It took one quarter for the 76ers’ wild side to emerge in their first game at the Orlando bubble complex.

As Philadelphia players walked off the floor after the opening 12 minutes against the Pacers, Joel Embiid and Shake Milton appeared to get into a significant squabble. It looked as if Embiid said a magic word or phrase to set Milton off — the conversation went from civil to almost physical in about a second. Rookie Matisse Thybulle held Milton back from making a run at Embiid.

Undoubtedly talented, the 76ers have made things difficult for themselves over the past two seasons with the unpredictable behavior of Embiid, stubbornness of Ben Simmons and occasional antagonism of their own fans. Some teams can thrive despite existing in perpetual dysfunction, but Philadelphia has yet to prove it has that kind of toughness.

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Milton entered Philadelphia’s starting lineup Saturday but was plagued by foul trouble from the get-go. Before the coronavirus pandemic he had emerged as an unexpected source of backcourt production and figures to get big minutes moving forward.

The 76ers trailed the Pacers by six when Embiid and Milton argued.

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Erin Clark

Erin is a sports enthusiast who loves indulging in occasional football matches. She is a passionate journalist who flaunts a perfect hold over the English language. She currently caters her skills for the sports and health section of Report Door.

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