Philadelphia 76ers: 3 final thoughts on playoff series loss to Celtics

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Of course for things to move forward, it will take work, lots of work and that starts with Allen Iverson's most remembered word "practice". "And it'll be a lot easier for us to come in and get games done and not put ourselves in a hole like we did". Game 5 against the Boston Celtics Wednesday did not go as they wanted.

The Sixers' playoff exit is surely stinging, especially to an equally green Celtics team, but it doesn't appear as if Philly is going anywhere anytime soon. Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons made sure Philadelphia weren't eliminated from the playoffs without a fight.

While speaking with reporters after the game, Embiid compared himself and Ben Simmons to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, noting that the former Oklahoma City Thunder teammates struggled in their first season together.

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Many thought Philadelphia would have a chance against Boston since they were without Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, but the Celtics surprised the Sixers and the rest of the National Basketball Association by winning the series in five games.

"I'm excited to learn from this stuff, because I felt like we had a pretty good chance", the big man continued, "but you've just gotta learn from it and we're gonna be fine". "[Simmons] came up to me, showed me his hands, and he was like 'There's going to be a lot of rings on these'".

"The feeling right now is I didn't want to be done". They have a young, productive core led by Embiid and Simmons, plenty of cap space to add to a talented roster this offseason, and draft capital to help firm up the roster with more youthful talent.