TORONTO – Joel Embiid went into tears after the Philadelphia 76ers lost to the Toronto Raptors in Game 7 (92: 90) when Philadelphia's playoff run ended in the final seconds of the last game of the Eastern Conference's semi-final ,
He had played 45 minutes more than ever before in regulation, and every bit of his 7-foot-6 span stretched out to deny Kawhi Leonard's Summerschlag, the first of its kind, of a game 7 won in NBA history.
"Losing the game this way," Embiid said when asked about his emotional show. After a hard-fought game, I feel we have a chance, many things go through your mind, and it's shit, I do not know, I can not explain, it's just shit. "
Embiid embraced the Raptors Center Marc Gasol, who gave some encouraging words to the 25-year-old center that has become the face of the Sixers franchise.
"He just told me … trying to let me know that I'm there at this moment and even further in my career," Embiid praised the class that showed gasoline
Of course, Embiid's future success depends on many decisions this summer that the Sixers must make.
Three of Philadelphia's five starters – Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris and JJ Redick – are headed for free hand. Under contract Sixers coach Brett Brown must meet the expectations of Sixers co-owner Josh Harris in March.
"We want to make sure we push at least deeper into the playoffs than" We did last year, "Harris said at the MIT / Sloan Analytics conference in March, adding that he would be" unhappy "if that not the case would be from the second round instead of Game 5, as they did in their defeat to the Boston Celtics in 2018 – but Harris' statement obviously raises the question of what changes could occur because his goal is not
"I think the group was gradually merging, as I said in the beginning, before we played," Brown said, "I think our starting group is as talented as any other in the NBA. … I think you are trying to keep as much of it as possible. And it is not my region. [General manager] Elton [Brand] I'm sure a lot of the challenge and planning is how to grow the bank and stick to as many starters as possible.
Brown was directly asked about his safety at work.
"Things like this, we talked a lot internally," Brown said, "The club can respond."
After Kawhi Leonard's shot, Joel Embiid shows emotions and is comforted by Torontos Marc Gasol It is one of the best talents in the sport and has still played only 21 matches in the regular season, during which time the 76ers found a ball of
"We have not been with this group for a while," Ben Simmons said, "There is a lot of potential. The guys we have, everyone we have now, have grown a lot in the last months of being together. I'm proud of my boys. "
Asked what the Sixers learned From the Raptors, Simmons did not say" It's easy, "he said," you just have to improve. "
Butler, like Brown, was asked about his future.
"I'm not worried about that right now," Butler said as the free agency popped up during the post-game press conference, "I do not want to talk about anything but basketball."
Embiid rushing in to post-season a tendinitis of the left knee, a seizure of gastroenteritis and upper respiratory tract infection. was an injured player in the first year of 2015/16 when Philadelphia broke 10: 72 as it played through its controversial rebuilding known as "The Process", introduced by former General Manager Sam Hinkie.
Embiid even embodied the turn of Acquisition of "The Process" as its self-proclaimed nickname.
When he addressed the Media Postgame, he was asked with an uncertainty in the offseason and years of bad basketball where "The Process" now stands and how exhausted he felt after playing all but 2 minutes, 48 seconds 48 minutes played on Sunday.
"I do not care" The Process ", he said. "And no, I'm not tired."