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

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Aron Baynes' Boston Celtics have eliminated Ben Simmons' Philadelphia 76ers from the National Basketball Association playoffs in a thriller. He told Toucher & Rich on Thursday that not even he thought they'd be as great as they've been this early in their young careers. The Celtics advanced with a 114-112 win at TD Garden Wednesday. That was Boston's third victory over the 76ers by five or fewer points, marking just the 10th time in National Basketball Association history a team wrapped up a best-of-seven series so quickly while winning so many games by so few points.

The play was the antithesis of the rest of Embiid's night, as his second season in the National Basketball Association concluded shortly after unleashing his array of talents.

Brown scored five points in the fourth quarter and 24 for the game, going 10-for-13 from the field.

"The feeling right now is I don't want to be done", said a disappointed Simmons, whose lack of confidence shooting from medium and long distance was exposed by the Celtics.

For Philadelphia uber-center Joel Embiid, that instant might have come Wednesday night in a season-ending loss.

"I feel like we had more [to show]". 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.

"We feel like when everybody's on we're unbeatable", the always self-assured Embiid shared. The duo helped Philly finish the regular season 52-30, capturing the No. 3 seed, before the 76ers disposed of Miami, 4-1, in the first round. "We got a lot of talented guys; we didn't play our best. And for the next decade, we're going to have a lot of fun battles".

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

After the loss, Simmons remained bullish on the young stars' future. 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. "I think I got that from everybody and you've just got to move forward". He went 0-for-8 in such situations over the course of the season, the most without a field goal of any player in the National Basketball Association.

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