Process Stopped: Celtics Down Sixers to Set Up Showdown with Cavaliers

Process Stopped: Celtics Down Sixers to Set Up Showdown with Cavaliers

Process Stopped: Celtics Down Sixers to Set Up Showdown with Cavaliers

The Celtics have exposed Simmons' poor shooting by standing off him and daring him to shoot while smothering the 76ers' arsenal of three-point shooters JJ Redick, Dario Saric, Marco Belinelli and Ersan Ilyasova with defenders.

It's worth noting, Embiid later tipped his cap to the Celtics during his post-game press conference, telling reporters, "Gotta give them a lot of respect".

Some observers didn't even expect the Sixers, a league laughingstock during their rebuild, to reach the playoffs this season. The duo helped Philly finish the regular season 52-30, capturing the No. 3 seed, before the 76ers disposed of Miami, 4-1, in the first round.

It may take some time for Philadelphia fans to get over this series loss, but hopefully they realize the potential surrounding this team for years to come.

"We have a rotation we believe in and we have the spirit to move this thing forward and we want to go back to Philadelphia".

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"We feel like when everybody's on we're unbeatable", the always self-assured Embiid shared.

"We haven't made shots and I think if we can click on a night when we are guarding like we have been guarding and then make some shots, that's when we have a chance to be at our best", Brown said. "But we committed a lot of mistakes".

And it left a positive impression on two superstars who could be the subject of heckling around Boston for years to come given the direction of each franchise. After the loss, Simmons remained bullish on the young stars' future.

"Coming into this building and arena the fans are fantastic here", Simmons said. He scored just a single point on 0 for 4 shooting to go along with seven assists, five rebounds and five turnovers in 31 minutes.

As a wise man once said: Trust the process.

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