Sixers' Joel Embiid was stunningly bad shooting in the clutch

Joel Embiid Takes Inspiration From Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook After Sixers Exit

After Boston's 114-112 defeat of the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night, those opening night matchups will be the same ones we see in Conference Finals in the East and West.

They're way better than anyone expected them to be at this stage of their careers.

The Sixers left TD Garden with a stinging disappointment after losing their second-round series 4-1 to the Boston Celtics.

After winning just 28 games past year, the Sixers finished the regular season with 52 wins and won a playoff series for the first time since 2012.

The play was the antithesis of the rest of Embiid's night, as his second season in the National Basketball Association concluded shortly after unleashing his array of talents.

"I'm just learning, this is just the start for me, I have a long way to go", Simmons said.

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One of the keys to Baynes' game was his ability to defend Embiid one-on-one, allowing the Celtics' other players to smother the 76ers' three-point shooters. "But we definitely have more to show". Season over. That might've been Redick's lost shot in a Sixers uniform.

JJ Redick hit an off-balance 3-pointer with 4.7 seconds to play to pull Philadelphia within one.

Embiid's running mate, Simmons, weighed in after the disappointing loss and echoed a similar sentiment of his big man.

"We feel like when everybody is on, we're unbeatable. And for the next decade, we're going to have a lot of fun battles".

"The feeling right now is I didn't want to be done", Simmons said. "We got a lot of talented guys; we didn't play our best".

But, against all odds, Boston is returning to the Eastern Conference finals to face LeBron James and the Cavaliers for the second straight year. 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. He went 0-for-8 in such situations over the course of the season, the most without a field goal of any player in the National Basketball Association.

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