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Morning sports update: The Celtics reportedly wanted Joel Embiid to ‘man up’ and shake hands after Game 5

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Philadelphia 76ers center Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid covers his mouth during the third quarter of Game 5. CJ GUNTHER/EPA-EFE

J.D. Martinez hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning as the Red Sox beat New York, 5-4, handing the Yankees only their second loss in 19 games. The Red Sox moved back into a tie with the Yankees for first place in the AL East and best record in the major leagues.

The Celtics reportedly wanted Joel Embiid to ‘man up’ and shake hands after Game 5

After Marcus Smart leaped above the Garden parquet, grabbed the 76ers’ last-gasp heave, and fired it back into the air, Joel Embiid pulled off his facemask and walked straight off the court. He did not stop to shake hands with the Celtics on his way to the locker room.

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According to Yahoo! Sports’ Ben Rohrbach, that did not sit well with the Celtics. He reported that several Boston players sounded annoyed by Embiid’s sportsmanship in the locker room after their Game 5 series-clinching victory, “especially after he talked so much trash.”

“At least man up,” one Celtics player said.

In the final seconds of the game, Embiid missed a shot, then had a second-chance opportunity stripped from his hands by Terry Rozier. The 76ers center averaged 23 points and 14 rebounds against the Celtics, and despite walking off the court without shaking hands, he was magnanimous at the post-game podium.

“Gotta give them a lot of respect,” Embiid said. “They play well together. They made some tough shots throughout the series…It sucks, but you gotta learn from it and come back next year even better.”

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