The Boston Celtics booked their spot in the Eastern Conference Finals last night with a series-clinching win over the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 5, but Marcus Smart nearly extended the series to a sixth game due to what he did on the court.
The Sixers left TD Garden with a stinging disappointment after losing their second-round series 4-1 to the Boston Celtics. After winning just 23 percent of their games in the previous four seasons in an attempt to build through the National Basketball Association draft, the Sixers finished the regular season with 52 victories and won a playoff series for the first time since 2012.
James has been sensational for the Cavaliers, averaging 36 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds in the 4-0 sweep of the East's top seeded Toronto Raptors.
It was a frantic game five, with the lead changing multiple times in the final quarter and Baynes and fellow Australian Simmons going head-to-head in battles around the basket.
"Me and Ben have a lot of room to grow, "Embiid said".
"I feel like we had more [to show]". Season over. That might've been Redick's lost shot in a Sixers uniform. We felt like we had a good chance to get to at least the conference finals and that was our goal.
"We feel like when everybody is on, we're unbeatable".
This only further highlights what was a disappointing finish to the game with the 76ers putting themselves in the position to grab a win in Game 5. 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. We committed a lot of mistakes [in the series].
"Coming into this building, arena the fans are fantastic here", Simmons said. "I'm much better than you guys think".
"We have a bright future", Embiid said. "He is taking the challenge defensively, he is our rim protector every night and I'm just so happy for him to see him have success at this level".