After dropping Game 1 at home, the Philadelphia 76ers were desperate for Game 2. They couldn’t afford to go 0-2 to Atlanta against a young Hawks team that was gaining daily confidence led by third-year Trae Young, he hasn’t been afraid of the bright lights of the late season.
Led by MVP runner-up Joel Embiid, the Sixers were able to get away with a 118-102 win in Game 2 to tie the series at 1. The big guy led Philadelphia by 40 points and 13 rebounds a game the Sixers absolutely needed given the circumstances.
Tobias Harris came in with 22 points and six rebounds, Seth Curry added 21 points and Ben Simmons had four points and seven assists, while Danny Green had eight assists to help Embiid win this one. Shake Milton had 14 off the bench to seal the win in the second half.
Here are the observations after a much-needed win in South Philadelphia:
Coach Doc Rivers made the necessary adjustments en route to Game 2. After Young cooked up every defense the Sixers threw at him on Sunday, this time Philadelphia started Simmons on him and his height hindered the little star from the start when he was forced to take a shot. to form a couple. of turnover. What Simmons did was force Young on either side of the floor, giving him less space. In Game 1, he enjoyed being able to attack the center of the floor, and attributed that to the turnover he made.
On the other hand, the Sixers hunted him in defense. He was switched to Harris a few times before and he was exploited. Young is not a good defender and Philadelphia should make him a factor in that he is involved in every game and makes him a little tired. Young was unable to score as well as he did in Game 1 because Philadelphia made the right adjustments there, but he was a big factor with his passing outside of some poor turnovers.
The Sixers tried their best to contain Young as best they could, but it was the others who were causing them trouble. Danilo Gallinari and Kevin Huerter each had 15 points off the bench in the first half as they kept the Hawks in the game. Philadelphia should have been by much more than two points at halftime, but Atlanta got a lot of support from their role players to stay in the game.
The Sixers were able to combat this by getting production from a guy like Curry who was light from the deep and the bank had one of their random big pieces that no one saw coming, but Philadelphia will need more of Danny Green in terms of his recordings. He could finally get a shot to fall from deep in this one, but he needs to find his rhythm to move forward in this series.
The unit was an absolute disaster in Game 1, but they were almost as bad in the first half of this one. Philadelphia had a 31-20 lead after a quarter and coach Doc Rivers started the second with a lineup of Harris, George Hill, Furkan Korkmaz, Tyrese Maxey and Dwight Howard. Atlanta then cut back and pulled in 35-33 before Rivers brought in the starters again to restore order a bit.
That is until Milton absolutely came alive in what was an unforeseen piece. After losing his spot in the rotation to Maxey, he hadn’t played for a while and came in and hit two massive triples in the third quarter, including a swell to beat the buzzer. He then hit two more three-pointers in the fourth and gave the team a huge spark.
Since this is the playoffs and it’s round 2, Rivers should start thinking about shortening the rotation. Matisse Thybulle, Howard and Hill should definitely be in the rotation but relying on a rookie like Maxey at this stage is asking a lot despite his obvious talent and Milton could earn back his rotation spot. As for Korkmaz, if he doesn’t make his three-pointers, it’s hard to justify being in the playoffs.
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