MIAMI (CBS) – Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow has been fined $15,000 for stepping on Joel Embiid’s face mask during Game 3 of the NBA Playoffs.
It happened during the second quarter of the 76ers’ game against the Heat on Thursday night.
The NBA says Winslow has been fined $15,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct for intentionally stepping on and attempting to damage Embiid’s facemask.
The Sixers center is wearing the mask after suffering a fractured orbital bone following an injury in March.
“It was annoying,” Embiid said of getting used to the mask. “But that was the only way I could play in this game, if I wore the mask and protected my face with goggles. I had to work through it and I did.”
When Embiid was asked about the Winslow incident during post-game interviews, he joked, “Little do they know I have about 50 of them, so it’s gonna take much more than that to get me out of this series. I’m gonna be a nightmare for them too.”
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