Sixers Joel Embiid optimistic about 'bright future' following tough loss to Celtics

Sixers Joel Embiid optimistic about 'bright future' following tough loss to Celtics

In the latest installment of NBA #PettyWarz, some members of the Boston Celtics are reportedly annoyed Joel Embiid did not shake hands with them before leaving the floor following Wednesday's Game 5 loss.

As we always post in our mobile app (iOS/Android), here are grades and breakdowns for each Sixers player's performance and Brett Brown's coaching in the 114-112 loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 5. He put up good numbers-27 points, 12 rebounds-but it was a tough series for both him and Ben Simmons. After winning just 23 percent of their games in the previous four seasons in an attempt to build through the National Basketball Association draft, the Sixers finished the regular season with 52 victories and won a playoff series for the first time since 2012.

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"We haven't made shots and I think if we can click on a night when we are guarding like we have been guarding and then make some shots, that's when we have a chance to be at our best", Brown said. Many expected the Sixers to defeat Boston in the second round because the Celtics were without injured stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward. "It sucks but you got to learn from it and come back next year and do better". Some games some guys were playing well, some guys didn't, but we feel like when everybody's on, we're unbeatable. There are a lot of things I learned this series that I didn't against Miami. "We know it's going to be a physical game. We've got to learn from it".

"I would like to see more threes". Despite the disappointing end for Philly, Embiid believes "The Process" has been worth it.

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"Down deep, I get what we did", Brown said. We didn't do it, so next year it's definitely our goal.

The franchise center said he and Simmons "have a lot of room to grow", and referenced the beginning of the Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook era in Oklahoma City as an example of how two young talents can reshape an organization. I've said this before, the process is never going to end.

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