Philadelphia 76ers: 3 final thoughts on playoff series 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. That was Boston's third victory over the 76ers by five or fewer points, marking just the 10th time in National Basketball Association history a team wrapped up a best-of-seven series so quickly while winning so many games by so few points. 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.

Embiid averaged 23.0 points a night over the five-game series, including 27 on Wednesday.

Smart had a good game as well, as he came off the bench for a performance of 14 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals after 33 minutes. "But we definitely have more to show".

"We have a bright future", Embiid said. According to ESPN Stats & Info, Embiid has struggled mightily in that regard this season as he missed all eight shots that could have been game-tying or go-ahead field goals.

The Sixers had a stellar season - 52 wins, No. 3 seed, etc. - but could look much different next year.

"We feel like when everybody is on, we're unbeatable". "But we committed a lot of mistakes".

"The feeling right now is I didn't want to be done", Simmons said. Despite numerous times in which it seemed like the Sixers were going to pull through with the big win, the Celtics still found ways to come back, and as a result will go on to face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Sixers also could have up to six picks in the 2018 National Basketball Association draft. He went 0-for-8 in such situations over the course of the season, the most without a field goal of any player in the National Basketball Association.

"I'm just learning, this is just the start for me, I have a long way to go".

  • Stacy Allen