Knicks’ Isaiah Hartenstein takes a subtle jab at Joel Embiid ahead of 76ers series

The New York Knicks will face the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the NBA playoffs, with Game 1 of the series taking place on Saturday, and center Isaiah Hartenstein spoke about what he expects from Joel Embiid from a strategic standpoint.

“He’ll look for fouls, so that’s the main thing,” Isaiah Hartenstein said, via Knicks Videos on X. “Through fouls, he’ll get his little breaks, easy free throws, so the main goal is to not let him do that.” . the line and go from there.

Hartenstein indicated that Joel Embiid will look to commit fouls to get breaks and stay in the game. Embiid recently returned from injury and didn’t appear to be 100% during the 76ers’ play-in game against the Miami Heat on Wednesday. The Knicks are a physical team with good defenders like Hartenstein and OG Anunoby, so it will be interesting to see how Embiid fares in a long series.