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76ers’ Joel Embiid couldn’t explain what he feels after losing against Raptors


After a disappointing loss against the Toronto Raptors 90-92, Monday (Manila time), Philadelphia 76ers’ center Joel Embiid has no words to describe how it felt to lose the go-big-or-go-home game they were only inches to winning.

“I don’t know, I mean, I don’t know. Game 7. Losing a game that way. Last shot, after a hard-fought game. I feel like we had a chance, a lot of things are going through,” Embiid replied when asked to describe what he was feeling at the moment. He then summarized his thoughts more succinctly. “It sucks. I don’t know, I can’t explain it, it just sucks.”

Even head coach Brett Brown felt sorry for Embiid for how much effort he put for the team this season, only to come short so closely in this deciding match.

“To see him have the emotion that he has, and he’s one of many in that locker room, it is painful for all of us. But to your question with Joel, he’ll look in the rearview mirror and remember this,” Coach Brown said. “He will come out better and smarter and stronger and more aware of what it takes to play longer than we’ve been able to play.”

Embiid has certainly become one of the most reliable players for the 76ers this season. Now, as they prepare for the next one, the 76ers will reportedly have some changes on their team, adding and losing some players in their line-up. The question lies ahead: who will be a part of Embiid’s journey next season? (Janiel Abby Toralba)