"I was thinking about it, just looking at [Kevin Durant] and [Russell] Westbrook, what they did the first season together, I think they won 28 games". But in the end, it came down to the Celtics' ability to produce in the clutch - and Embiid's lack thereof.
The Philadelphia 76ers' exciting season came to a close on Wednesday when they were eliminated from the playoffs by the Boston Celtics in Game 5, but despite the crushing loss, there is reason for hope in Philly.
"I'm just learning, this is just the start for me, I have a long way to go", Simmons said.
To be fair, Embiid dominated for the balance of the game. Then Simmons basically blended into the background during a heartbreaking Game 2 loss to the Boston Celtics. He's going to be a force in this league, provided he stays healthy. Dario Saric scored 27 points and 10 rebounds, and rookie Ben Simmons tallied 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists. "I wasn't just out there flowing and playing the way I play, which is free". After that, he hustled down the court and intercepted a pass on the inbound play to seal the win for the Celtics. That he made the play seconds after making a free throw that he was trying to miss was perfectly Smart-ian.
With their backs once again to the wall, the Sixers got a gutsy performance from one of their gutsiest players.
In every great National Basketball Association player's narrative there's a moment he'd like to forget that actually turns into a point in time that shapes the rest of his career for the better.
"Certainly it's been fun and unexpected", Ainge said.
JJ Redick hit an off-balance 3-pointer with 4.7 seconds to play to pull Philadelphia within one. The scary thing is: they're still blossoming. There's a lot of young players who can go out there and put up numbers ... but winning playoff games is tough.