The Pool Report interview was conducted by Brian Mahoney (Associated Press) with Crew Chief Tony Brothers following tonight’s 76ers and Nets game.
QUESTION: Why was Joel Embiid given a Flagrant foul 1 for kicking Claxton?
BROTHERS: The contact was deemed unnecessary and based on the point of contact to the leg, it didn’t rise to the level of excessive.
QUESTION: So, you deemed it not to go to a [flagrant foul] 2 based on where the contact was?
BROTHERS: The point of contact dictated that it was only unnecessary contact and not excessive, so yes.
QUESTION: Why was James Harden given a flagrant 2 for his foul on Royce O’Neale?
BROTHERS: Based on the point of contact directly to the groin, it rose to the level of excessive and ejection.