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#pounditWednesday, June 7, 2023

Watch: Joel Embiid leaves court without shaking hands with Celtics

Joel Embiid was in no mood for gamesmanship after his Philadelphia 76ers were eliminated by the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.

The Sixers fell to the Celtics in Game 5 of their second-round series by the final of 114-112, ending their first playoff run in six years. As Philly’s last ditch full-court pass was intercepted and the game went final, the All-Star center Embiid walked right off the court without shaking hands with the Celtics.

Embiid enjoyed a strong series and finished the game with 27 points and 12 rebounds. But he missed some crucial shots in the fourth quarter, including this short-range look that would have tied the game in the final 15 seconds.

The Sixers actually entered the series as the odds-on favorites to come out of the East but lasted just five games against a banged-up Celtics team. As for Embiid, he is not the first superstar to come under fire for such a move either.

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