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Sixers news: Joel Embiid says ‘dumb mistakes’ led to Game 3 loss to Celtics

Joel Embiid

In what was a type of loss that will sting for quite awhile, the Philadelphia 76ers squandered many opportunities against the Boston Celtics during their 101-98 overtime loss on Saturday night. That brings us to Joel Embiid.

One person on the Sixers that is fully aware of all the uncharacteristic errors he and his teammates made is star center Joel Emiid, who told Ian Begley of ESPN that he labeled “dumb mistakes” as what led to such a tough loss.

“It sucked to lose this way. I felt like we had control of the whole game,” Embiid said. “We made a couple of bad mistakes at the end.”

Those two mistakes at the end of Game 3 that Embiid is referring to is the costly turnover by Sixers shooting guard JJ Reddick that led to a breakaway layup by Celtics shooting guard Jaylen Brown with 1.7 seconds left in regulation.

Thankfully, Sixers guard Marco Bellineli was able to sink a tough fadeaway jumper at the buzzer to force overtime at 89-89, but a really bad pass in the closing seconds of overtime by star rookie point guard Ben Simmons with Philly down 99-98 was the icing on the cake.

“I have a lot of growing to do,” Simmons said. “This is the first time I’ve played in the playoffs, and I’m learning a lot. It’s a great opportunity for myself and the team. We’re all learning together. There’s a lot of lessons. I think they’re all very important.”

Down 3-0 in this best-of-seven Eastern Conference Semifinals series against the Celtics, the Sixers will look to avoid a sweep on Monday night during Game 4 at Wells Fargo Center.