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Should LeBron James Get Suspended For This Hard Foul? (Video)

Should LeBron James Get Suspended For This Hard Foul? (Video)

The Philadelphia 76ers eked out a 107-106 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night. The game was not without controversy.

With just under six minutes remaining in the third quarter, Sixers center Joel Embiid got the ball down low and prepared to go for an easy slam. Just as he was rising up, Lakers star LeBron James stepped in and fouled him.

The foul sent Embiid tumbling to the floor and left him writhing in pain.

James was ultimately called for a flagrant 1 and Embiid stayed in the game.

After the fact, Embiid took issue with James’ foul. He suggested that had he been the one to commit an act like that, he would have been booted from the game.

“That’s a very dangerous play,” Embiid said, per Derek Bodner of The Athletic. “I guarantee if that was me I would have probably been ejected from the game.”

The NBA has been home to some very dirty plays recently. Very dirty, and very violent. Ironically, James actually found himself on the wrong end of one a few weeks back.

That said, the league has been a little slow to step in and actually do anything about it. There have been a handful of fines, but no real suspensions or legitimate punishments.

Based on that precedent, it’s hard to see a scenario where the powers that be step in and penalize James in any real capacity.

James ultimately finished Wednesday night with 34 points, six rebounds and six assists in the losing effort, while Embiid scored 28 points and pulled down six rebounds in the win.

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Charles Kruger

Charles Kruger has been credentialed to cover two Super Bowls, four NBA Finals, and one World Series. A 20-year veteran in the sports world, he has sources spanning the NBA, MLB, NFL, UFC and NASCAR. Currently residing in Los Angeles, Calif., he is Game 7's go-to source for rumors surrounding the Lakers, Clippers and Dodgers.

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