James Harden and the Sixers had bad days after their loss to the Raptors forced them to return to Canada to play a sixth inning as they led 3-0 in the series.
When asked if the Toronto defense did anything special to hinder him on offense when he still made a small play in scoring (15 points) and no more than 22 units in the series, “The Beard” (15 points, 7 assists, 5 lost balls) was content to reply that he had only taken 11 shots.
This is exactly one point that the Sixers, Joel Embiid in the lead, would like to see evolve as soon as possible.
Joel Embiid won’t do it alone
The first to step down was Joel Embiid, who with his thumb injury really needs his teammates to save Philly, and he 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 be himself. It’s not really my job. It’s probably up to the coach to talk to him and tell him to get more shots, especially if they keep defending me like they did. But that’s not really my job.”† did he declare? after the match. “We all need to get better offensively. We missed a lot of open shots. There were times when I played in a doubles team and we weren’t aggressive with the ball. We just kept moving the ball around the perimeter, and that gave them time to to recover, and so we couldn’t get anything out of it.”
The Sixers lost a lot from this game. So far, only 13 teams for Toronto have won back-to-back games after trailing 3-0. The goal for Philadelphia is to end the streak on Thursday.
“We’re fine. I mean, we know the recipe. Don’t lose balls, take offensive rebounds, be better defensively, more connected. Defensively I felt a few times that we were not on point and not supporting each other. But we’re doing fine.” continued Joel Embiid. “There’s a reason we won three games in a row. Offensively we were clearly not ourselves and that’s why we gave up the last two games.”