When asked what was the turning point of the 76ers' Game 7 loss to the Hawks, Joel Embiid hesitated. But then he gave an honest answer, explaining that he thought it was when Ben Simmons passed up an open dunk.
"I mean, I'll be honest," Embiid said. "I thought the turning point was when we — I don't know how to say it. But I thought the turning point was just we had an open shot and we made one free throw and we missed the other and then they came down and scored and we didn't get a good possession on the other end. And Trae came back and made a three. And then from there down four, it's on me. I turned the ball over, I tried to make something happen from the perimeter. But I thought that was the turning point."
The play came with under four minutes to go in the game, with the Sixers trailing by just two points. Simmons spun baseline, freeing himself of Hawks forward Danilo Gallinari, but instead of laying it in or dunking it, for whatever reason Simmons passed it to Matisse Thybulle. Thybulle was fouled and made one of two free throws, as Embiid explained.
Here was Embiid's reaction to Simmons passing up the dunk.