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Joel Embiid once again blames teammates for 76ers elimination

Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid is once again choosing to blame his teammates for falling short in the NBA Playoffs, this time with an Eastern Conference semifinals loss to the Boston Celtics in seven games.

Embiid, 29, only scored 15 points on 5-for-18 shooting from the floor and 0-for-4 from beyond the arc. He added eight boards and two blocks.

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During his postgame press conference, Embiid said he can't win by himself, a similar tone to when he threw Ben Simmons under the bus a couple years prior.

"I can't win alone," Embiid said. "Me and James [Harden], we just can't win alone. That's why basketball is played 5-on-5."

While Embiid did take some responsibility, it's a bad look for the reigning league MVP to flame out in such a manner.

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Harden, 33, shot an overall 3-for-11 for just nine points, adding six rebounds and seven assists.

Tobias Harris (19) and Tyrese Maxey (17) led Philly in scoring to combine for 36 points, not nearly enough to combat Jayson Tatum's 51-point performance.

Jaylen Brown (25) and Malcolm Brogdon (12) were the only two other Boston players with double-figures in scoring.

Tatum and Brown essentially won by themselves. The issue with Embiid was his poor defense and bad shot selection against Al Horford. His teammates did just fine, except for Harden, of course. And nobody is happier than Simmons to see them fail.

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