The 76ers didn’t rating within the closing 1:37 of their 102-94 playoff loss to the Celtics on Friday, which put them in a 3-Zero collection gap from which they seem incapable of coming again.
They’re at a crossroads as a franchise and susceptible to coming aside quicker than the method by 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 should spend the approaching months listening to commerce rumors fairly than feeling comfy with the path of their group.
After Philadelphia’s newest defeat in opposition to 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 staff’s stars throughout postgame interviews.
“We could not make a shot. Nothing would go in,” Embiid advised reporters. “I assumed defensively we have been good. … It sucks if you play tremendous laborious and really feel such as you do every little thing attainable to win video games … and are available up quick.”
Stated Tobias Harris of the locker room temper: “Frustration, upset, disappointment, every little thing you possibly can think about.”
The 76ers believed they could possibly be NBA Finals contenders by this level. In the event that they lose this collection, then they will have failed to achieve the Japanese Convention semis after shedding at that stage the earlier two years.
Embiid has averaged 30 factors and 13 rebounds over his three video games in opposition to 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 dangerous, taking pictures 32.eight % from the sector and lacking all 10 of his 3-point makes an attempt.
Until one thing modifications in Sport 4, 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 stated. “I do not need that on my resume. I will be enjoying my butt off and are available and do every little thing that I can in order that we will win a recreation.”