Joel Embiid did not join the Sixers on their last overland trip due to right knee pain. He was back for Wednesday’s game against the Celtics at Wells Fargo, though, and the Sixers were definitely happy he was available.
Embiid led the Sixers to a 117-109 victory, scoring 42 points in 19 field goal attempts, earning 10 rebounds and helping the team improve to 10-5 with another performance at MVP level.
Seth Curry has liquidated the NBA’s health and safety protocols, but he did not play on Wednesday as he regains his status after testing positive for COVID-19 on January 7. Not all players who test positive for COVID-19 are allowed to play sports for at least 10 days as per league protocols. Celtics star Jayson Tatum may be able to return to the final end of this mini-series on Friday as he makes progress after testing positive for COVID-19.
Here are notes about the Sixers’ win on Wednesday:
Ambed too much to deal with
Empyid looked sharp, healthy, and impossible to defend effectively.
The Sixers early succeeded in using it in the left elbow area and in pickup points and pop in the top of the switch, which are more difficult points for the Celtics to double down on their squad more than the low block.
This has been a trend recently with Embiid, and it has enjoyed its ability to play in a variety of locations.
He said, “It’s hard to keep track. Teams, they’re still doubling and tripling me – even more this year. Every year they keep doing the same things and it gets more difficult if I have to catch the ball in the block every time. That’s an easy place to double up. I’ve been.” I work on my game to expand it, not only do I play as a big guy – I also play as a bouncer, being able to dodge in traffic and shoot highways or jump.
“Playing delay moves, that’s good for me, because how do you double that? It’s hard to double from the middle of the floor, and if I do double down, we have a lot of shooters that are really good for me to knock them out, and (they) shoot. So, there’s a lot of freedom. I will be myself in this attack … Especially if I know that they are working as a double team or a triple team, then I can attack in a different manner. I just benefit from it. “
Boston definitely didn’t mind Embiid doubling as a team, and the Sixers were totally happy to post it. There was a fantastic Sixers sequence in the second quarter when Embiid got a center near the left block, drew help and made a simple pass from it, and eventually saw Shake Milton plunge three on the other side of the ground. Helping Danny Green across the field in the third quarter was highlighting another Embiid pass that showed his talent this season in carrying out both basic and cutting edge readings from the post.
Coach Doc Rivers said, “I like the way he plays tonight, because he’s allowed to score 40 (points). It’s tough. But every time they team up twice, he makes a pass. Every time they don’t, he’s attacking. I thought early on. They want to double the team, and we got these three from his passes. They got out of it, he started scoring, then they double the team again and we get three more. (I think) that kind of balance from your team is good, and I love that he trusts that. “
Embiid is elite at creating free throws and showing them against another opponent who is not equipped to stop him, making him 17 out of 21. This skill was especially important when the Sixers went on an extended drought in the second quarter without a field goal. Embiid’s health is crucial to the Sixers, and a team scoring 0-3 without him this season is not necessary to explain this obvious fact. However, Dwight Howard was given credit for being a nuisance to the Celtics and scored six offensive rebounds.
According to Embiid, the Veteran Mega Man was also influential on Earth.
Empyid said, “… Dwight, despite what I heard (heard) about in the past – when he came to the team I never would have thought that everything I heard was right. He’s a great teammate, and maybe one of the best players I’ve ever had – always great energy I always smile, and elevate everyone. “
Unlike Embiid, Ben Simmons’ recording can again be described as modest. The 24-year-old didn’t set up a field goal until he stole Jeff Teague and a fast transfer ensued early in his third period. He conceded his fifth mistake late in the third quarter and finished with 11 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.
While Simmons has attacked the Edge well on several occasions when he felt a punch and shot a 7-to-10 rotten streak, the January 6-point 17-point tally against the Wizards was still their highest for the season. Simmons clearly contributes in a number of ways besides scoring and should benefit when Carrie returns.
Rivers recognized the value of Simmons’ varied and high-end defense in this match and appreciated his maintaining his aggressiveness while playing with five fouls late in the fourth half.
Rivers said, “I thought Ben was incredible – defensive, first of all. We put him on Kimba (Walker) tonight, we put him on Gailen Brown tonight, we put him on Marcus Smart. It’s amazing what he could do for us, and tonight was a great example. On it. “
Tobias Harris (22 points, 9 to 17) provided some necessary attacking momentum at crucial moments, scoring seven straight points as the Sixers trailed behind 12-4 and helped the team regain the lead early in the fourth quarter in the squad. Four bench players.
Korkmaz returns and swaying the Sixers’ bench
Furkan Korkmaz returned on Wednesday after missing more than three weeks due to the left confidant’s bloodline, scoring seven points in 19 minutes, including a neat backlash. Isaiah Joe was the weird guy that Milton, Howard, Mattis Thebull and Korkmaz appeared in.
When asked about Joe before the match, Rivers indicated that he is not the only archery maker in The Sixers.
“He’s a guy who can hit, but he can also rock,” Rivers said. “So can Furkan, so Danny Green, and so is Seth Curry.” “He’s only in a row of men that we have. It’s a wonderful luxury. It’s a wonderful luxury to have a guy who can get off the bench and take pictures. Do you know what else? I thought he showed himself a strong defender as well, which will help move forward.”
Since playing 45 minutes for the Sixers’ seven-man squad on January 9, Joe has shot 17 of 39 (43.6 percent) from a range of three points. We assume he gets another chance soon enough, be it due to another player injury or Rivers’s decision at some point to split his minutes with Korkmaz or Thybulle. As mentioned by Rivers, the rookie winger looked smart and proud of defense, qualities that should bolster his cause to play even if he didn’t drop his flying player.
Therese Maxi drew the initial mission on Walker. The rookie had no auspicious start because Walker, in his second match after his return after missing the start of the season with a left knee injury, drained two of his three early throws. Thybulle upset Walker a little in the second quarter due to his height, constant activity, and annoying rear-view competitions, but Walker managed to make other players a long-range jumping player.
The Sixers were lucky that Walker (19 points) only played 22 minutes due to Boston’s plan to facilitate his return to play, and he calmed down, shooting 1-on-7 after the first half.
Although the Sixers didn’t have their big men pull back much against Walker, they weren’t prepared to regularly attack him or force the ball out of the hands of the All Four Stars. In a future playoff series, will they play a more aggressive defense against him? We won’t get an answer to that question anytime soon, although we’ll be watching for adjustments at the conclusion of this small series.
In terms of the overall defensive effort, Rivers loved seeing the Sixers grab Boston with 17 points and shoot 1-to-9 from a three-point range in the fourth quarter.
He said, “I thought the juniors came defensively, and we pushed them away from the three, and pushed them inside the three-point line, but we didn’t give them easy combos.” “Lots of distractions, I thought we got a hand on the ball. It was really (played well), a tough game by both teams.”