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11 May, 2018, 02:04 | Author: Hannah Francis
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"This is just the start for me".

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 Boston Celtics had physically and mentally messed with the 21-year-old Australian basketball prodigy over five games. After returning from England, they finish 33-10 overall, including 16 straight wins to end the regular season.

"LeBron is on just a ridiculous run of play and we know it will be quite a challenge", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.

"I feel like we had more [to show]".




The Eastern Conference Finals start Sunday and the Western Conference Finals start Monday.

If the rookie of the year vote was taken after this week the Celtics' Jayson Tatum or Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell could have taken the prize.

"For the next decade, we're going to have a lot of fun battles", Embiid said about matching up with Boston again in the future, according to BostonSportsJournal.com's Brian Robb. So with the Sixers officially eliminated from the playoffs to see their offseason officially get underway, let's take a look at three final thoughts from the tough series loss to the Celtics. "So, second series and I'm learning, there's a lot of things I learned this series that I didn't against Miami so that makes me a better player, so I'm grateful for those opportunities".

Brown also acknowledged that this might be the first of many playoff matchups between Philadelphia and Boston - two teams with strong young cores and the assets to add talent to their rosters. "We're going to be fine". "It takes time to figure that out and literally, every game is different".

The spectacle known as the Sixers will keep the NBA Playoffs compelling for years to come if - and this caveat always must be included when discussing Embiid, who missed his first two pro seasons due to injuries - the multi-skilled Cameroonian known as "The Process" can remain healthy.

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