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

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This was somewhat true in the first series, but in the second there was no doubt.

"We had to get Game 1 without Jaylen Brown, so the story continues", Rozier said. Markelle Fultz turned into Allen Iverson. Rohrbach says one player in the Celtics locker room said, "at least man up" when discussing Embiid's quick exit to the locker room.

No Kyrie Irving, no Gordon Hayward, no Daniel Theis, no Shane Larkin, no problem?

The team's season of injuries and improbable wins has seemingly primed them to expect the unexpected. This was also the first season the Sixers had a healthy Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons on the court for the bulk of the season.

"For the next decade, we're going to have a lot of fun battles", Embiid said about matching up with Boston again in the future, according to BostonSportsJournal.com's Brian Robb. But by pairing Embiid with 2016 No. 1 pick Ben Simmons, Philadelphia found a young one-two punch as intimidating as any in the National Basketball Association. Next season, without making any roster changes, the Sixers look like a team that will be a tough out in the Eastern Conference playoffs. However, McConnell took over the point-guard duties in the second half of what was Fultz's last playoff game. We've gotta learn from it. And going into the playoffs we felt like we had a really good chance, especially after winning 16 in a row (to close the regular season).

Lurking beneath all that the Sixers accomplished this season was a danger inherent in any preternatural success. He didn't make a commitment to returning to the Sixers in free agency, noting the financials are always a factor.

Intercepted Ben Simmons's Hail Mary pass to prevent a Philly shot attempt and seal the win.

Simmons clearly has some growth to do with his offensive game.

So what about the other No. 1 pick? He even became the youngest player to record a triple-double. They'd love to have him back as much as he wants to be back. May.

Simmons had a subpar series against the Celtics.

Were there times when Embiid was too much for Baynes? The Sixers also were outscored by 63 points in the series when Simmons was on the floor. The Sixers will have an estimated $31 million in salary cap space to work with this summer, and it could increase to as much as $36 million depending on what the team does with players now on the roster. "Once we sign LeBron James this summer, "the process" will be complete". "We're just trying to make the right play". So this run may be the start of something bigger for Philly.

But the issue for the Sixers is that they're probably not done seeing Tatum in these situations.

CAMDEN, N.J. Now that their season is over, the only real question for the Sixers is whether they need a superstar-quality free agent to get to the next level. He would be a great fit with the Sixers around 10. They own the rights to the Los Angeles Lakers' first-round pick if doesn't fall between Nos. 2-5. "Everything just works out for a reason".

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