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Aron Baynes' Boston Celtics eliminate Ben Simmons' Philadelphia 76ers' season

11 May 2018

In any event, much as I wanted to see the Sixers move on to face the Cavs, I refuse to be disappointed with the way this season ended up. He scored just a single point on 0 for 4 shooting to go along with seven assists, five rebounds and five turnovers in 31 minutes.

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. The former Kansas big man faced up Celtics center Aron Baynes, drove to the paint and couldn't finish a layup or secure the ensuing offensive rebound, as Boston point guard Terry Rozier snuck in to swipe at the ball, which went out of bounds off of Embiid with just more than 10 seconds on the game clock.

Brett Brown, who coached the 76ers through horror recent years before Simmons arrived and when wins were slim, also had mixed emotions after the loss.

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"We definitely have more to show".

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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 committed a lot of mistakes. I'm grateful for the opportunity".

The Celtics hung off Simmons and defended his teammates tightly, making it hard for them to catch his passes and get open shots.

"I learned a lot". "We know it's going to be a physical game". "It takes time to figure that out and literally, every game is different". Despite the disappointing end for Philly, Embiid believes "The Process" has been worth it. Sounds like he's a quick learner.

Aron Baynes' Boston Celtics eliminate Ben Simmons' Philadelphia 76ers' season