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Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons See "A Lot Of Rings" In Their Future

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But at the same time, I'm telling my teammates, 'Give everything you have, that's all I can really ask for.' I think I got that from everybody and you've got to move forward.

The Celtics looked finished when they ran into the red-hot 76ers.

Joel Embiid said what everyone else has been thinking Wednesday night after the Boston Celtics knocked off the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 5 of their second-round playoff series to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.

After winning just 28 games previous year, the Sixers finished the regular season with 52 wins and won a playoff series for the first time since 2012.

Game 5, which included 11 ties and 21 lead changes, exemplified the tight series. "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". "We've got a lot of talent on this team, no matter how young we are".

The Houston Rockets will host the Golden State Warriors in game one of the Western Conference Finals on Monday. That starts with Game 1 in Boston, where the Celtics are 7-0 in the playoffs.

Sure, losing in five games to the Irving-less, Hayward-less Celtics is disheartening.

As the Sixers faced elimination late in Game 5 in Boston, their best shooter was having trouble, well, shooting as the game wound down toward a thrilling finish. Dario Saric scored 27 points and 10 rebounds, and rookie Ben Simmons tallied 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists. The 76ers will probably have the Nos. In addition to Embiid, Simmons and 2017 No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz, Philadelphia could have $25 million in projected cap space this summer if it renounces the rights to free agents Redick, Ersan Ilyasova, Marco Belinelli and Amir Johnson. The Process is paying off - even if the results this year couldn't keep up with rapidly escalating expectations.