Kendrick Perkins weighed in on the Marcus Smart-Joel Embiid ‘flailing’ controversy

The Bruins defeated the Flyers 5-4 in Thursday’s 2021 home opener. Boston emerged victorious after a shootout, and some timely saves from Tuukka Rask.

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Tonight, the Celtics face the 76ers at 7:30 p.m. in a rematch of Wednesday’s contentious matchup between Eastern Conference powers. Boston aims to avenge the earlier defeat and end a two-game losing streak.

Elsewhere on Wednesday, the Revolution selected University of Pittsburgh forward Edward Kizza 24th overall in the MLS SuperDraft, also adding Manhattan College defender Francois Dulysse in the second round.

And this weekend, the Boston Pride begin play in the 2021 NWHL season bubble at Lake Placid.

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Kendrick Perkins weighed in on the Celtics-76ers rivalry: Following Wednesday’s 117-109 loss to the 76ers, Celtics guard Marcus Smart had some thoughts on the officiating of 76ers center Joel Embiid, who had more free throw attempts by himself (21) than Boston did as a team (20).

“It’s tough. It is tough,” Smart said of defending Embiid. “Especially when we’ve got our hands up a lot of the times, and he flails and gets the call. And then down on the other end, we’ve got our guys attacking the rim, getting a lot of contact and we’re just not getting the whistle. It’s tough to play like that. It’s tough.

“If the roles were reversed I’d do it every time. I mean, I’d be…

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