Celtics players wanted Joel Embiid to 'man up' after all trash talking

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Following another tough battle with the Boston Celtics, the Philadelphia 76ers officially watched their season come to an end on Wednesday after a tough 114-112 loss in Game 5 to put an end to what was an intense semifinals series.

One of the keys to Baynes' game was his ability to defend Embiid one-on-one, allowing the Celtics' other players to smother the 76ers' three-point shooters. Peak Embiid. The only thing lacking was a 3-pointer, but he finished with 27 points (9-for-18 shooting), 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks in his best performance of the postseason.

After winning just 28 games a year ago, the Sixers finished the regular season with 52 wins and won a playoff series for the first time since 2012.

Speaking about a moment where Simmons approached him with his empty hands, Embiid said: "He was like "there's going to be a lot of rings on these". But we definitely have more to show". "We're going to be fine". According to ESPN Stats & Info, Embiid has struggled mightily in that regard this season as he missed all eight shots that could have been game-tying or go-ahead field goals.

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Embiid's running mate, Simmons, weighed in after the disappointing loss and echoed a similar sentiment of his big man. We committed a lot of mistakes [in the series].

The Celtics will play game one of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cavaliers on Sunday in Boston.

"Down deep, I get what we did", Brown said. In addition to Embiid, Simmons and 2017 No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz, Philadelphia could have $25 million in projected cap space this summer if it renounces the rights to free agents Redick, Ersan Ilyasova, Marco Belinelli and Amir Johnson. 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. If the Los Angeles Lakers' pick lands at #1 or at #6 to 30, the pick will go to Philly. "I felt like I had (a) lot more to go".

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