Joel Embiid: ‘Dumb mistakes’ led to Sixers’ Game 3 loss
Saturday night, the Boston Celtics won Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Philadelphia 76ers by a score of 101-98, closing out the victory in overtime to take a commanding 3-0 lead.
Mostly, the loss can be pinned on late-game turnovers by the 76ers which resulted in Celtics points. The Sixers committed crucial turnovers on inbound plays, played poor defense on out of-bounds-plays going the other way and even missed wide-open dunks.
Afterward, Joel Embiid could only lament the critical lapses and gaffes late in the game that led to the Sixers’ downfall.
“It sucked to lose this way. I felt like we had control of the whole game,” Embiid said after the backbreaking loss. “We made a couple of bad mistakes at the end.”
Ben Simmons weighed in one mistake down the stretch that proved particularly devastating.
“I was just reading [Marcus] Morris. He was overplaying, and I was trying to go behind the screen and look for the lob like we did against Miami [in the first round],” Simmons said. “I guess we were just on a different page.”
The 76ers’ youth is starting to show in the series, which the Celtics have capitalized on often. It’s not too surprising that’s the case, as Celtics head coach Brad Stevens has put together one of the best teams in the NBA on out-of-bounds plays.
The @celtics were able to get a big mismatch for Al Horford on the go-ahead shot in overtime on a sidelines out of bounds play.
No surprise there…
According to @SecondSpectrum the Celtics have been the best team on sidelines out of bounds plays in the 4th/OT this season pic.twitter.com/TIS5qCXcR9
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 6, 2018
The Celtics obviously have the 76ers on the ropes with a 3-0 series lead, and can send the Sixers to the grave with a Game 4 victory Monday night on the road at Wells Fargo Center.