Joel Embiid identifies what 76ers lacked this year after disappointing playoff exit

Embiid had another big year but remains without a ring.

by Dzevad Mesic
Joel Embiid identifies what 76ers lacked this year after disappointing playoff exit

The Philadelphia 76ers entered the postseason with championship aspirations but didn't make it too far and their All-Star center Joel Embiid identified what they certainly lacked in the playoffs. Game 6 versus the Miami Heat was a must-win for the 76ers but it was the Heat that fought harder and played more desperate.

In the end, the Heat claimed a 99-90 win in Philadelphia to win Game 6, close out the series, advance to the Eastern Conference finals. After the 76ers exited the playoffs, Embiid said the 76ers lacked toughness and they really didn't have a guy that's out there doing all the dirty work.

While detailing what the 76ers lacked, Embiid mentioned Heat forward P.J. Tucker. There isn't anything flashy in the game of Tucker but he does all the dirty work and is a key part of the Heat team.

Embiid: Honestly, we lacked tough guys

"For sure," Embiid said, per ESPN.

"I mean, we've had a few tough guys since I've been here. I can recall, whether it was Mike Scott, he didn't play a lot of minutes, but when you have size and toughness, that goes a long way. "You look at someone like P.J. Tucker, great player, but it's not about him knocking down shots.

It's about what he does. Whether it's on the defensive or rebounding the ball. You look at defensively, he plays with so much energy, believes that you can get from point A to point B, and he believes that no one can beat him and he's tough, like he's just physical and he's tough.

And they have a few of those guys, whether it's Bam [Adebayo] and all those guys. "Since I've been here, I'd be lying if I said that we've had, you know, those type of guys. Nothing against what we have. It's just the truth. We've never had P.J.

Tucker. That's really what I'm trying to say. So as the physicality [increases], especially once you get to the playoffs or the later rounds, you need that. You need those guys that are really tough."

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