Eliminated from the playoffs last night after a fourth loss to the Heat, the Sixers are now looking to a potentially turbulent new offseason. After the unfortunate Ben Simmons soap opera, the franchise must this year study the case of James Harden, who was generally disappointed during the series against Miami, to the chagrin of Joel Embiid, and even though the former MVP is eligible for a lucrative extension. of contract.
Overall, the Sixers lacked mental strength during these playoffs, like this complicated first round against the Raptors, not far from forcing a Game 7 while Philadelphia led comfortably 3-0. Faced with a Heat team that was sure of its strength, the march was far too high in the second round for Doc Rivers’ men, who folded in the face of the collective solidity of Erik Spoelstra’s troop.
A collective that inspires Joel Embiid. Greatly diminished during these playoffs, the “Process” is already thinking about next season, with a special request to its leaders. The pivot would like his “front office” to finally recruit a “glue guy” like PJ Tucker, valuable in the quest for the Bucks title in 2021, and very prominent this year against the Sixers.
” Since I’ve been here, we haven’t had any guys who fit that profile. I remember Mike Scott, he didn’t play a lot, but he played hard, he elbowed. I look at a guy like PJ Tucker. A very good player, but his impact is not measured simply by the shots he scores. It’s his defense, his rebounds “Explains an envious Joel Embiid of the Heat. ” He plays with so much energy, he’s physical, tough on hurt, he plays hard. They [le Heat] have several guys of this caliber, whether it’s Jimmy, Bam or the others. »
The Cameroonian doesn’t feel like criticizing his teammates by saying that. It is an observation according to him: there is no one to do the dirty work at the Sixers.
” It would be a lie to say that we had similar players here. It’s not against the guys here. It’s just the truth. We never had a PJ Tucker, that’s what I mean. When it comes time for the playoffs, you need players like him, capable of winning the physical fight. »
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