Closing moments of season-ending playoff loss will motivate Joel Embiid


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).

The 76ers' hopes of reaching the Eastern Conference Finals were dashed in Wednesday's thrilling 114-112 game-five defeat, despite Embiid and Dario Saric each contributing 27 points to the cause. We feel like when everybody is on, we're unbeatable. "And it'll be a lot easier for us to come in and get games done and not put ourselves in a hole like we did".

Of course for things to move forward, it will take work, lots of work and that starts with Allen Iverson's most remembered word "practice".

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Simmons apparently shares the same level of confidence, as Embiid revealed that the 21-year-old came up to him after Wednesday's loss and said the duo is going to win a lot of championships together. "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". And then we changed it and we wanted to get the third seed. 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. There are ways to increase that number to $35.4 million, the amount of cap space needed to sign LeBron James in free agency. They will be picking 26th, 38th, 39th, 56th and 60th - and will likely have a lottery pick, as well.

So the Sixers should have plenty of opportunities to improve in the next few offseasons.

"The feeling right now is I didn't want to be done", said Simmons, who finished an uneven series with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in Game 5. "I feel like I had a lot more to go", he said.