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

In the playoffs for the first time since 2012, the Sixers won 20 out of 21 games, before they ran into the Boston buzzsaw — losing three straight in the semifinals.


Kahron Spearman


Though the Philadelphia 76ers went away, they went away loudly.

 

In the season-ending Game 5 loss to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, Joel Embiid had 27 points and 12 rebounds for the Sixers. Dario Saric scored 27 points and 10 rebounds, and rookie Ben Simmons tallied 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists. 

 

In the playoffs for the first time since 2012, the Sixers won 20 out of 21 games, before they ran into the Boston buzzsaw losing three straight in the semifinals.

Me and Ben have a lot of room to grow. Looking at KD and Westbrook, what they did the first season together, I think they won 28 games... We have a bright future. [Simmons] came up to me, showed me his hands, and said there's going to be a lot of rings.

Joel Embiid
Center, Philadelphia 76ers

Embiid will have to condition his body to enable consistent improvement better. And Simmons will need to develop any sort of jump shot to prevent himself from being invisible in portions of games.

 

But there's no question the process is working.

 

"The Process is never going to end," Embiid continued. "This is a process to get to the playoffs, we did it. This was a process to get to the conference finals, we didn't. Next year, that's our goal."

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