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Sunday, 12 May 2019

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Philadelphia coach Brett Brown has responded to claims he'll lose his job following his side's painful exit at the hands of Toronto in the Eastern Conference semi-finals.

The Raptors won 92-90 in a heart-stopping contest to clinch the second-round series 4-3 and book a berth in the Conference finals with the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks.

The match had it all with multiple lead changes and huge baskets but it was Toronto's superstar Kawhi Leonard who proved to be decisive in the clutch.

With the teams tied 90-90 and just 4.2 seconds left, Leonard received the ball and made a fade away jumper, which hit the rim four times, from the corner over 76ers centre Joel Embiid at the end of regulation.

It is the second-straight year the 76ers have crashed and burned in the second round.

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The loss raises the prospect of the 76ers' coach Brett Brown losing his job with the New York Times' Marc Stein claiming before the match that Brown was unlikely to survive if the Sixers couldn't advance to the next round.

Speaking after the match, Brown, the former Boomers coach, addressed the reports about his job security.

"The club can respond to that," he told reporters when asked about his future with the team.

ESPN's Stephen A Smith and Adrian Wojnarowski initially raised concerns about Brown's future during the 76ers' series against Brooklyn in the first round, when the Sixers lost the first match but then went on to win four in a row.

The Sixers took the loss hard especially big man Joel Embiid. Embiid was highly emotional after the loss, with cameras catching every moment of his teary reaction as he made it back to the Sixers' dressing room.

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His emotional breakdown was captured outside the dressing rooms too, when cameras caught him having an emotional moment with his girlfriend.

Brown said the moment was painful but it will help the big man in the future.

“As painful as it feels now, it’ll help him,” Brown said.

“It’s hard to be the last man standing. To see him have the emotion he has…it is painful for all of us, but he’ll look at the rear view and remember this.”

Australian Ben Simmons was also asked about Embiid and had nothing but kind words for star.

“We always got his back. We’re a family,” Simmons said.

“That’s my brother, so I’m always here for him, but we’ve got to get better at the end of the day. He’s a competitor. He loves to compete. He wants to win. That’s what you want to see in a guy like that.”

Simmons had 13 points, eight rebounds and five assists in Game 7 with the Australian eligible for a five-year $A220 million contract extension in July.

But there concerns the Aussie might be traded as the team looks for answers to win a championship.

Starters Tobias Harris and JJ Redick will become free agents and All-Star Jimmy Butler will likely to use the player option on his contract to test the free agent market.

"I'm not worried about none of that right now," said Butler, when asked about his future.

"It's tough. Nobody likes to lose, not that way."

Butler came up big plenty of times for the 76ers during the playoffs which could ultimately lead to his market value increasing, resulting in the star moving to another club on a max deal.

Philadelphia coach Brett Brown has responded to claims he'll lose his job following his side's painful exit at the hands of Toronto in the Eastern Conference semi-finals.

The Raptors won 92-90 in a heart-stopping contest to clinch the second-round series 4-3 and book a berth in the Conference finals with the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks.

The match had it all with multiple lead changes and huge baskets but it was Toronto's superstar Kawhi Leonard who proved to be decisive in the clutch.

With the teams tied 90-90 and just 4.2 seconds left, Leonard received the ball and made a fade away jumper, which hit the rim four times, from the corner over 76ers centre Joel Embiid at the end of regulation.

It is the second-straight year the 76ers have crashed and burned in the second round.

https://twitter.com/NBATV/status/1127752235776000000?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

The loss raises the prospect of the 76ers' coach Brett Brown losing his job with the New York Times' Marc Stein claiming before the match that Brown was unlikely to survive if the Sixers couldn't advance to the next round.

Speaking after the match, Brown, the former Boomers coach, addressed the reports about his job security.

"The club can respond to that," he told reporters when asked about his future with the team.

ESPN's Stephen A Smith and Adrian Wojnarowski initially raised concerns about Brown's future during the 76ers' series against Brooklyn in the first round, when the Sixers lost the first match but then went on to win four in a row.

The Sixers took the loss hard especially big man Joel Embiid. Embiid was highly emotional after the loss, with cameras catching every moment of his teary reaction as he made it back to the Sixers' dressing room.

https://twitter.com/NBCSPhilly/status/1127752213676347393?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfwhttps://twitter.com/espn/status/1127750905716043776?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

His emotional breakdown was captured outside the dressing rooms too, when cameras caught him having an emotional moment with his girlfriend.

Brown said the moment was painful but it will help the big man in the future.

“As painful as it feels now, it’ll help him,” Brown said.

“It’s hard to be the last man standing. To see him have the emotion he has…it is painful for all of us, but he’ll look at the rear view and remember this.”

Australian Ben Simmons was also asked about Embiid and had nothing but kind words for star.

“We always got his back. We’re a family,” Simmons said.

“That’s my brother, so I’m always here for him, but we’ve got to get better at the end of the day. He’s a competitor. He loves to compete. He wants to win. That’s what you want to see in a guy like that.”

Simmons had 13 points, eight rebounds and five assists in Game 7 with the Australian eligible for a five-year $A220 million contract extension in July.

But there concerns the Aussie might be traded as the team looks for answers to win a championship.

Starters Tobias Harris and JJ Redick will become free agents and All-Star Jimmy Butler will likely to use the player option on his contract to test the free agent market.

"I'm not worried about none of that right now," said Butler, when asked about his future.

"It's tough. Nobody likes to lose, not that way."

Butler came up big plenty of times for the 76ers during the playoffs which could ultimately lead to his market value increasing, resulting in the star moving to another club on a max deal.

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