The 76ers didn’t rating within the ultimate 1:37 of their 102-94 playoff loss to the Celtics on Friday, which put them in a Three-Zero sequence gap from which they seem incapable of coming again.
They’re at a crossroads as a franchise and vulnerable to coming aside sooner than the method by means of which they have been put collectively. Their dysfunction all through the 2019-20 season doesn’t appear to be it has tightened their bond on the very finish as occurs with some chaotic, however gifted, groups. After this season mercifully ends, Joel Embiid and injured ahead Ben Simmons must spend the approaching months listening to commerce rumors moderately than feeling snug with the course of their group.
After Philadelphia’s newest defeat towards Boston, which ended with a 10-Zero Celtics run and Kemba Walker dagger, coach Brett Brown threw down a chair. There was dejection within the voices of the workforce’s stars throughout postgame interviews.
“We could not make a shot. Nothing would go in,” Embiid informed reporters. “I assumed defensively we have been good. … It sucks once you play tremendous laborious and really feel such as you do every part attainable to win video games … and are available up brief.”
Stated Tobias Harris of the locker room temper: “Frustration, upset, disappointment, every part you’ll be able to think about.”
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The 76ers believed they might be NBA Finals contenders by this level. In the event that they lose this sequence, then they will have failed to achieve the Jap Convention semis after dropping at that stage the earlier two years.
Embiid has averaged 30 factors and 13 rebounds over his three video games towards Boston. His assist has been restricted due to the struggles of extremely paid forwards Harris and Al Horford. Harris, whose calling card is offensive manufacturing, has been notably unhealthy, taking pictures 32.eight % from the sector and lacking all 10 of his Three-point makes an attempt.
Until one thing modifications in Recreation four, the 76ers are on a collision course with a four-game goodbye.
For Embiid, the downfall is difficult to come back to phrases with.
“I do not wish to be swept,” he mentioned. “I do not need that on my resume. I will be enjoying my butt off and are available in and do every part that I can in order that we are able to win a sport.”