Embiid Calls Out Simmons for Sixers Loss

Joel Embiid became noticeably uncomfortable about halfway through tonight’s postgame interview after being asked what the “turning point” was during the 76ers’ loss to the Hawks. After much hesitation, Embiid made his opinion known. It’s not difficult to discern that Embiid was referring to Ben Simmons’s passed-up layup and missed free throw late in the fourth quarter, a sequence which led to a Trae Young 3-pointer that pretty much iced the game, the series, and potentially the “Process” as a whole. Here is the video: The Sixers’ Game Seven loss undoubtedly forces the organization to answer some tough questions regarding the future of their franchise as well as the efficacy of “the Process” in general. Embiid was visibly frustrated at this Simmons play, as can be seen here: Embiid’s passionate reaction to Simmons’s decision to pass up the layup was indicative of the series as a whole, during which Ben Simmons took three total fourth-quarter field-goal attempts in the seven-game series and averaged 33.3% from the free throw line according to StatMuse. This, combined with the Sixers’ historic fourth-quarter collapse in Game Five of the series, is reason enough to wonder just how different the team will look next season.  

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