Closing moments of season-ending playoff loss will motivate Joel Embiid

11 May, 2018, 04:29 | Author: Elena Meyer
  • Sixers head coach Brett Brown apparently figuring he talks to his players enough on game days brought in a ‘mentalist’ to entertain his troops at a dinner in Boston Tuesday night

Joel Embiid's season echoed that of Philadelphia as a whole: He went in with questions, exploded on the scene surpassing expectations and racking up accolades, pushed his team into the playoffs and then the second round, but ran out of gas at the end against Boston.

Embiid finished the game with 27 points, 12 rebounds, and four assists while shooting 9-of-18 from the field, while Simmons was behind him with 18 points, eight rebounds, and six assists while shooting 8-of-15 from the field.

Although this would have altered the finish to the game, it wasn't a contest that simply came down to one play as the 76ers had their chance to pull out the win prior to that. The center recalled the conversations while speaking to the media afterward.

"'We know what to expect", Simmons said. "But we definitely have more to show".

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Recall that a year ago , Higgins also played in the world Cup final, but in a bitter struggle gave way to a younger Mark Selby. The 43-year-old became the oldest victor of the Betfred World Championship since compatriot Ray Reardon in 1978.

Rookie-of-the-Year candidate Ben Simmons had a hard start to the series and had one of his worst stretches of basketball play the entire season. "I will let [Sixers president and general manager Bryan Colangelo], my agent and the events over the next two months play out, and we will make a decision".

"We feel like when everybody's on we're unbeatable", the always self-assured Embiid shared.

"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 BostonSportsJournal.com's Brian Robb. They have a young, productive core led by Embiid and Simmons, plenty of cap space to add to a talented roster this offseason, and draft capital to help firm up the roster with more youthful talent.

"I think it is a mutual appreciation", Redick told reporters Thursday, a day after Philly's season ended in Game 5 with a loss to the Boston Celtics.

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