Joel Embiid defended Brett Brown amid speculation the Philadelphia 76ers could make a coaching change.

Embiid called the idea that Brown might be fired "bulls---," saying, "He's done a fantastic job. He's been there through everything.

"This year I think he grew even more as a coach. He learned, we all learned.

"At the end of the day, it comes down to the players. I don't think he should have anything to worry about. He's an amazing coach, a better person. ... If there was someone to blame, I mean, put it all on me."

Before the start of the playoffs, Josh Harris said he expected the 76ers to at least reach the Eastern Conference Finals.