Sport 7 of the Jap Convention Semifinals didn’t go because the Philadelphia 76ers hoped, as they couldn’t capitalize on a uncommon off-shooting night time from Trae Younger in what turned a 103-96 loss to enter what’s now a really fascinating offseason early.
After the sport, a focus was Ben Simmons, who had 13 factors and eight rebounds, taking part in his typical key position defensively as properly, however had simply 5 factors and for the fourth straight recreation didn’t try a shot from the sphere within the fourth quarter. Making that worse was that he had a huge open dunk that he handed up within the late fourth quarter to tie the sport at 88, as an alternative shoveling a go to Matisse Thybulle who obtained fouled and break up his free throws.
Doc Rivers was requested about that second and simply took a deep breath, saying, “yeah,” earlier than transferring on and later admitted he simply didn’t know if Simmons may very well be a championship level guard. That handed up dunk got here up later when Joel Embiid pointed to that sequence — together with the following Hawks bucket and his turnover after that — as “the turning level” within the recreation.
Right here’s the entire clip… Embiid … after saying the passing up the open shot & 1 FT… additionally says that his turnover on that very same timeframe was pricey. pic.twitter.com/GhK9tU1HyA
— Amy Fadool Kane (@amyfadoolNBCS) June 21, 2021
You possibly can inform that Embiid is attempting to not utterly shift the blame onto Simmons by noting his turnover after, one in all many for him on what was a sloppy night time for Philly as a unit, nevertheless it’s comprehensible that second would stick out within the thoughts of Embiid and lots of others. It was a brutal sequence and was the embodiment of the problems Simmons has on the offensive finish proper now. Embiid additionally issued an apology to Philly on Twitter for not getting the Sixers additional, as he’s unsurprisingly taking this newest early playoff exit onerous.
PHILLY I LOVE YOU
Sorry to disappoint you once more Simply know that I gave all the pieces I had figuring out the circumstances. If there’s one factor I’ve discovered being right here, it’s the TOUGHNESS this metropolis has and that’s why I performed with a torn meniscus. THANK YOU FOR THE SUPPORT ALL YEAR LONG!! pic.twitter.com/CsR47xOJDZ
— Joel “Troel” Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) June 21, 2021
With Doc’s feedback and Embiid’s, it definitely units up an offseason the place Simmons commerce rumors are going to swirl — and followers have been firing up the commerce machine for a while. What the impression of shedding Simmons would have on the protection is tough to correctly work out given his versatility on that finish, but when this sequence confirmed something it’s that the Sixers desperately must improve their backcourt offensively. Simmons will get essentially the most blame of anybody on the roster for this loss, however there’s a lot to go round. Embiid, for as magnificent as he was all playoffs, had some tough turnovers and once more appeared out of fuel on the finish. Tobias Harris regarded like final 12 months’s Harris and never this 12 months’s improved model, lacking a variety of attractiveness close to the rim in Sport 7, and the bench unit was a catastrophe all sequence, with Doc Rivers failing to make rotation changes.
Nonetheless, Simmons’ refusal to dunk the ball can be one of many lasting photographs of this sequence for followers, and it’s clear it stood out within the second to Embiid and the Sixers as properly.