Published: Fri, May 11, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Process Stopped: Celtics Down Sixers to Set Up Showdown with Cavaliers

Process Stopped: Celtics Down Sixers to Set Up Showdown with Cavaliers

Joel Embiid has been arguably the best center in the league.

There were many mistakes in the series that led to them being put in the position to now being out of the playoffs in the second round.

The Celtics hit enough free throws over the final 10.8 seconds to secure a 114-112 victory and close out the second-round National Basketball Association playoff series.

"Me and Ben have a lot of room to grow, "Embiid said".

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Embiid's running mate, Simmons, weighed in after the disappointing loss and echoed a similar sentiment of his big man. "But I think maybe it's what we needed for the younger guys on the team, for Jo and I, to be in situations like that and learn from it".

"It's hard because I feel we had a pretty good chance of beating them but we got to give them a lot of respect", "They played well, they played well together, they made some tough shots during the series and they defended us pretty well too so we got to give them a lot of credit". "I feel like I had a lot more to go". [Simmons] came up to me, showed me his hands, and said there's going to be a lot of rings.

A year later, having helped the Sixers significantly further that process with a run to the Eastern Conference semifinals, the veteran sharpshooter indicated that he hopes to remain in Philadelphia in the future.

I don't want to offend any of the other places I have been, or teams I have been on but this was probably my favorite year of my career. However, they'll be disappointed they're now out of the playoffs, especially after entering the postseason on a 16-game winning streak and dispatching the Miami Heat in five games in the first round.

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