Embiid, Simmons Reflect On Season Of Growth With Disappointing End

Friday, 11 May, 2018

When you actually win it, you start the following year and do it all over again. The Sixers weren't even considered a likely playoff team.

As we always post in our mobile app (iOS/Android), here are grades and breakdowns for each Sixers player's performance and Brett Brown's coaching in the 114-112 loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 5. What would have been a major step forward for The Process just a few months ago now leaves them feeling empty. It's another one to get to the conference finals. Looking at KD [Kevin Durant] and [Russell] Westbrook, what they did their first season together, I think they won 28 games.

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

In every great National Basketball Association player's narrative there's a moment he'd like to forget that actually turns into a point in time that shapes the rest of his career for the better. "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. We didn't make it, but the whole season we changed the goals we set at the beginning of the season".

When you go a month without losing a game, you gain that level of confidence.

With the victory, Boston will face LeBron James and Cleveland in the Eastern Conference Finals for the second straight season.

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Disappointed as I was that the Sixers fell short, it's important to maintain some perspective.

If the rookie of the year vote was taken after this week the Celtics' Jayson Tatum or Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell could have taken the prize.

Rookie-of-the-Year candidate Ben Simmons had a hard start to the series and had one of his worst stretches of basketball play the entire season.

The way this team has matured over this season is remarkable, but it still has a long way to go.

"We've got to have the same mindset going into it", Simmons said after a 103-92 Game 4 win. I gotta give him a lot of credit. We committed a lot of mistakes [in the series]. "I'm grateful for the opportunity". As a rookie last season he contributed just 5.0 points and 2.1 boards in almost a third as many minutes. They made some tough shots throughout the series... He struggled, learned and matured. 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). Despite the disappointing end for Philly, Embiid believes "The Process" has been worth it.