James Harden and the Sixers had bad days after their defeat to the Raptors forced them to return to Canada to play a sixth inning while leading 3-0 in the series.
Asked if the Toronto defense was doing anything in particular to hinder him on offense when he still made a small play in the scoring (15 points) and did not exceed 22 units in the series, “The Beard” (15 points, 7 assists, 5 balls lost) contented himself with replying that he had only made 11 shots.
This is exactly a point that the Sixers, Joel Embiid in the lead, would like to see evolve, as quickly as possible.
Joel Embiid won’t do it alone
The first to come forward was Joel Embiid, who, with his thumb injury, will really need his teammates to save Philly and hopes Doc Rivers can get the message across.
I’ve been saying it all season since he got here: he has to be aggressive and he has to be himself. It’s not really my job. It’s probably up to the coach to talk to him and tell him to take more shots, especially if they keep defending me like they did. But that’s not really my job. “, he has declared after the match. “We all have to be better offensively. We have lost a lot of open pitches. There were times when I was on a double team and we weren’t aggressive with the ball. We just kept moving the ball around the perimeter, and that gave them time to recover, which is why we couldn’t get anything out of it. “
The Sixers have lost a lot in this match. So far, only 13 teams before Toronto have won two consecutive games after losing 3-0. The goal for Philadelphia is for the winning streak to end on Thursday.
“We are fine. I mean, we know the recipe. Don’t lose balls, take offensive rebounds, be better defensive, more connected. In defense, I felt like sometimes we weren’t on point and didn’t support each other. But we’re fine. “ continued Joel Embiid. “There is a reason we have won three games in a row. In attack, we clearly weren’t ourselves and that’s exactly why we gave up the last two games. “
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