Sixers Swept in First Round; Coach Brett Brown Fired
The season-long rollercoaster ride for the Philadelphia 76ers finally came to end over the weekend. The Boston Celtics completed their sweep with a 110-106 victory in game four of the first round matchup, sealing the deal as the Sixers were eliminated without even taking a game. Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker combined for 60 points and demonstrated that this series need not drag on any longer. Following the defeat, the Sixers organization chose to part ways with Brett Brown who had been coaching the team for seven years.
This now marks the third straight season where the playoff-bound Sixers have failed to advance past the second round, perhaps a sign that the process is not working. While there are excuses for the Sixers to turn to, namely that their dynamic playmaker and defender Ben Simmons was noticeably absent with an injury, these excuses are mere guises for an organization in flux. The Sixers will now enter an off-season with major questions about their team identity, personnel, and head coach. The senior leadership has expressed a desire to keep both of their all star assets (Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid) together and try to locate a coach that get the best out of both of them before looking for trade options.
Game 4 was competitive until the third quarter when Boston started stringing shots together and went on a run. With no Simmons and only a limited amount of fight left in them, the Sixers couldn’t rally back; ultimately coming up with too little too late. Embiid’s final statline, 30 points and 10 rebounds, looks impressive but one gets the sense that garbage time has actually helped to pad Embiid’s stats quite a bit in this series.
While the 76ers pack their bags and depart from the bubble in Orlando, the Boston Celtics will prepare to battle the Toronto Raptors, who also swept their matchup against the Brooklyn Nets.
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