Ben Simmons acknowledges he needs to shoot more, pass less

This was a little sad

"Me and Ben have a lot of room to grow", Embiid said. And I think that that's really important. But Celtics fans won't have to rue the decision-making process, as Smart managed to close out the game in his characteristically frustrating but irreplaceable fashion. It takes time in the National Basketball Association for young talent to mesh and grow, and this postseason run was a learning opportunity for the 76ers. "You work all season to earn the trust of your teammates and coaching staff for moments like this, whether it's finding Al on the lob or a layup". Before that, the Sixers had chose to give McConnell the backup point-guard minutes over Fultz. The Celtics didn't win a road game in their first round series against the Milwaukee Bucks. However, McConnell took over the point-guard duties in the second half of what was Fultz's last playoff game. Self-delusion is a destructive state of mind and winning 52 games and a playoff series is an easy way to inhabit it. Nothing could be further from the truth, actually, as the Sixers just turned in the most successful season for the franchise since Allen Iverson stepped over Tyronn Lue in the NBA Finals in 2001.

In June, the Sixers moved up two spots to select Fultz first overall in the draft.

Many folks - including Hall of Famer Julius Erving - questioned moving up to draft Fultz.

"I think we've got a bright future", Embiid said, and related an exchange he and Simmons shared after their loss to the Celtics, when the guard pointed to the center's hands and predicted there would be "a lot of rings" on Embiid's fingers. "... I don't really look at it". "If the team needs me to recruit, I'll be there". I'm with my family. "In that regard, I still feel like I am in the prime of my career". The biggest name to consider is J.J. Redick, who had a rough series against the Celtics.

Made the second free throw - the one he tried to miss to run the remaining 2.4 seconds off the clock.

Simmons-Embiid-Fultz were expected to form a trio of stars that would lead the Sixers to the top.

He was asked if this was the first time he has struggled. "I'm disappointed that they're down in the playoffs", Walls said.

"He's taken the challenge defensively - being our rim protector every night and I'm just so happy for him to see him have success at this level". "I was thinking about it, just looking at [Kevin Durant] and [Russell] Westbrook, what they did the first season together, I think they won 28 games". They did so beneath a significant silver lining: the knowledge of the things they need to do to make next year last a little longer.