Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid led his team in scoring against the Boston Celtics in Game 3 but he made two crucial mistakes that sealed their fate. In the final two minutes of Game 3, Embiid made a terrible pass which ended up directly in the hands of Celtics guard Marcus Smart and shot a forced shot which was blocked by Celtics forward Jayson Tatum.
The 76ers were up 94-92 but the Celtics scored the last 10 points to win 102-94 and take a comfortable 3-0 lead in the series. Embiid scored 30 points and grabbed 13 rebounds but that wasn't enough. "I thought I got better at passing out of the double-teams, and it happened," Embiid said afterward, per ESPN.
"I turned it over. That was a big mistake. That was on me. It happens, and you move on." "I mean, we were just running the offense. Mostly thinking back in that third quarter and the start of the fourth, it was a bunch of plays, you know, just like, set screens and stuff, and just running through calls and stuff.
If I'm going to set a screen, if the ball finds me, good. If it doesn't, we can use me to kind of set my teammates up to help them and get some shots. You know, it was a bunch of pick-and-rolls when we used me as a decoy, and that's probably the reason.
But we could have done more."
Embiid underlines he is not giving up
"You can't give up," Embiid said. "You've got to keep fighting. You've got to play hard. You've got to come in on Sunday ...
I don't want to be swept. I don't want that on my résumé, so like I said, I've been 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."
76ers coach Brett Brown says the series is not over and he wants his team to try to pull off an upset comeback win. "I'm not rolling over," Brown said. "I understand, I get it, everybody would assume this series is over because we're out 3 and 0.
I'm not trying to be Knute Rockne with my sincere opinion. We're going to come in and play the game and get a win. "It's to keep a series alive. I truly mean that. That's my message to them, that's my message to my staff, and that's what I think."