The Boston Celtics have gotten a 3-0 lead in front of the Philadelphia 76ers in their first-round series. The C’s are playing great basketball and taking advantage of their rival’s struggles. The Sixers are a wandering team on the verge of being swept after being one of the candidates in the East last season. Things have changed a lot for them and they have several reasons to be worried.
Joel Embiid isn’t happy with the way things are going right now and he wants his team to make some real changes. He is determined to fight until the end and more so now that the Sixers could be swept. Following the 102-94 defeat against the Celtics, Embiid reflected on what means to be 3-0 down. He made it clear that he doesn’t want to be swept not a single time in his NBA career.
They were in this same situation in 2018, the Celtics won the fourth game before getting eliminated the next one.
“You can’t give up. We can do it,” said Embiid. “Looking at the game tonight, we couldn’t make a shot. I thought defensively, we did a better job. We got to lock in, but defensively we’re good. Offensively, nobody could make a shot. You can’t give up. You got to keep fighting. I don’t want to be swept. I don’t want that on my resume. I’ll be playing my butt off and I’m going to come in and do everything that I can to make sure that we win a game and take one game at a time.”
Sixers’ Joel Embiid on 0-3 hole vs. Celtics: “You can’t give up. I don’t want to be swept. I don’t want that in my resume. I’ve been playing my butt off. I’m going to come in [Game 4] and do everything that I can.” pic.twitter.com/8zQTEWebek
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) August 22, 2020
Even though it’s very hard to see them returning from a 3-0 deficit, especially knowing how bad this team is playing, a victory will make things a little better for Embiid. Maybe next year Philly will be on the other side of the street, ready to sweep a team and continue their quest to the championship. Only time will tell what version of the Sixers we will see.