Joel Embiid Takes Inspiration From Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook After Sixers Exit

This was a little sad

This was a little sad

The season may be over for the Philadelphia 76ers and it wasn't pretty the way they went out against the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the NBA's Eastern Conference semifinals but remember "The Process" is just beginning.

The Sixers lost Game 5 of their Eastern Conference playoff series to the Boston Celtics Wednesday, 114-112.

Simmons' shooting deficiencies did not hurt him much in Round 1 against the Miami Heat, where he put up 18.2 points and 9.0 assists a game.

The despite the disappointment of their playoff exit, the young 76ers were sounding a note of optimism after an overachieving season that included 52 regular-season wins and their first playoff series victory since 2012. "It's good for the city and for the economy", Gerrett said.

Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons have a message for Celtics fans: no hard feelings. The same magician spent a night with the Sixers during a road trip last season.

"For the next decade, we're going to have a lot of fun battles", Embiid said about matching up with Boston again in the future, according to's Brian Robb. "If Smart or Terry (Rozier) would've gotten fouls early, we would've been forced to play them extended minutes without a break".

"I think we always have some (salary) cap space", Redick said.

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Just because the Sixers were taken out in five games by the Celtics in the second round does not mean we get to pass final judgment on whether or not The Process has failed. The Sixers have $70 in committed salary next year, leaving them with about $31 million to play with this summer to make a run at LeBron James or Paul George or overpay a lower-tiered free agent.

This provided the 76ers with a chance to win with a desperation 3-pointer. "We have potential, we can go as far as they'll take us".

When Simmons was on the court in the series, Boston outscored Philadelphia by 63 points.

And the Sixers/Warriors/Nationals are 0-14 all-time when dropping the first two games of a series. "I just appreciate them, and I know we all do".

Joel Embiid, who made the All-Star Game in 2018 and will likely be a member of an All-NBA squad, sat out two seasons before almost winning Rookie of the Year. "I want to show I am an National Basketball Association player and show why I am here".

Aside from his concerns over Tatum, Brown said repeatedly that he feels good about his players' mindset heading into another elimination game. "It sucks but you got to learn from it and come back next year and do better".

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