Tonight, the Philadelphia 76ers take on the Detroit Pistons for another chapter in the Joel Embiid and Andre Drummond saga. This is the final meeting between the two this season, as Embiid missed Saturday's contest to rest.
This has become one of the more heated, yet comedic, rivalries in the league today - mostly in part to Embiid's post-game trolling via social media.
It all started after the 76ers defeated the Pistons in Detroit on October 23rd last season when Embiid stated after the game that Drummond doesn't play any defence. Drummond took that to heart and to Twitter:
See you Dec 2nd😏- Andre Drummond (@AndreDrummond) October 24, 2017
Before their second meeting on December 2nd, Drummond made his response to Embiid's no defence comments:
In response to Embiid, Drummond told me, "I mean you can't really have a conversation with a man who can't play a back-to-back... I've been playing for six years and I've missed maybe 4-5 games. So when he can play a whole season without taking a rest, he can come talk to me."- Johnny Kane (@JohnnyKaneFSD) December 2, 2017
Then, the 76ers defeated the Pistons 108-103 on a 25-point, 10-rebound double-double from Embiid. Drummond, who posted a mere 14 points and 11 rebounds, fouled out in the contest which warranted a proper goodbye from Embiid:
Andre Drummond fouls out. Embiid immediately waves him good bye pic.twitter.com/yFkcanCXDE- Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) December 3, 2017
After the win, Embiid kept his trolling simple:
At that point, it had seemed like it was more competitive trash talk than it was personal. They met two more times last season but Embiid only played in one of the matchups and nothing really transpired from the other.
Their beef remained dormant through the off season but picked up right where it had left off when they first met this season. Except this time, it was clear this was more than competitive trash talk.
The 76ers lost in overtime to the Pistons despite Embiid's 33 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. He outplayed Drummond, who had 14 points and 16 rebounds, but Blake Griffin picked up his slack with a 50-point night to get Detroit the win. After the game, Embiid claimed he 'owned a lot of real estate' in Drummond's head. Subsequently, Drummond decided to troll Embiid on social media after the win:
If you're over the Chris Paul/Rajon Rondo drama, Andre Drummond and Joel Embiid are going at it. Last night, Embiid flopped and taunted Drummond into a tech (which got him ejected). Embiid had 33 points, 11 boards, 7 assists, 3 blocks. Drummond wasn't impressed (H/T @NBAReddit): pic.twitter.com/SixKS97ErM- Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) October 24, 2018
The two teams met again a week or so later and it was another dominating performance by Embiid in a 76ers win. Before the game, Drummond had said to Vincent Ellis of the Detroit Free Press, "It's not about bragging rights, I just want to win the game. I have no personal vendetta with (Embiid). He makes it a thing to say something about me so obviously it must be on his mind. I'm just there to win the game."
Embiid ended up with 39 points and 17 rebounds while holding Drummond to just eight points and nine rebounds. As you would expect, he was not quiet on social media after the game:
I own a lot of real estate in @andredrummondd head and I'm on my way to build more 🏘🏘🏘 #Bum #TheProcess pic.twitter.com/Mrf2NcNL4r- Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) November 3, 2018
And it did not stop there. He dug up an old video of Drummond dancing and posted it to his Instagram story to take things to the next level:
After dropping 39 and 17 on Andre Drummond, who was held to 8 points, Joel Embiid uploaded this video of Drummond to his IG story 💀💀💀💀 #TheProcess pic.twitter.com/xWyporAO62- Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) November 3, 2018
As far as post-game comments go, all Embiid had to say was, "He's a fun matchup. I feel like I dominate every game, especially against him."
He's not wrong either - Embiid is 4-1 all time against Drummond, averaging 30.0 points, 11.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks. He also shoots 53.3 percent from the field and averages 12.4 free throw attempts per game. As for Drummond, he averages 12.0 points and 11.6 rebounds on 41.5 percent shooting from the field with 4.6 fouls per game.
It's almost certain that you'll have to check back here for more trolling updates after this one because when these two go at it, there's never a shortage of trash talk and witty social media comments.