The Process isn't over, it seems. There's still some hardship left for the Sixers to overcome. After a turbulent season featuring some steps backward by Ben Simmons and some semi-fits in Tobias Harris and Jimmy Butler, Joel Embiid got tortured, physically and mentally, in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. His body betrayed him, yet he still battled, all the way to the final possession of Game 7 on the road, which ended with a Kawhi Leonard off-balance jumper right in his face. Someday, Embiid will recover. But for now? It's hit him hard, as you could see in his postgame reaction.
Next season will be pivotal for Embiid: he needs to place a premium on his own fitness, as well as court vision. The man who has the potential to be the best big man this league has ever seen needs to find a bit more consistency.
This game and series serves as a harsh reminder of how hard it is to win in this league. Someday, Embiid will look back on it fondly. For now, it's the latest setback in a zero-sum game.