Despite the two close losses‚ Embiid Rivers found a silver lining in the Bucks' and Suns' losses. Though the Bucks' loss was a disappointment‚ he said he saw a silver lining in the Bucks loss. The Sixers have now won four straight games and are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference. With seven games remaining‚ they can still win one of them. The Sixers had the luxury of a superstar in Joel Embiid‚ but the star still had to play the full game. That was a problem for the Sixers‚ who were down by nine in the third quarter. Embiid spent much of the second half on Lopez‚ but that was a mistake. The 76ers needed a big third-quarter finish from Giannis Antetokounmpo‚ who scored 23 points. The Sixers' offense looked like a different team in the second half. After falling behind by 17 points in the first half‚ Embiid's sluggish play in the second half was a major factor in the team's loss. The Sixers‚ meanwhile‚ had to play with a superstar in the middle of the court. Embiid looked good in defense‚ but the 76ers weren't able to make enough shots to make up for his absence. That's a problem that will need to be fixed before the next matchup. On the flip side‚ Embiid Rivers' teammates may see the same silver lining. The Sixers' defense looked good‚ but the Sixers' defenders were not. The opposing coach was tougher to stop than Rivers. Despite this‚ the 76ers' bench units grew stronger and more confident. Embiid Rivers' teammates are focusing on his health and his teammates. He's also looking for a silver lining in his Tight Losses vs Bucks. He'll be able to find one. The Sixers' bench was more effective with Embiid on the court‚ but the rest of the team isn't executing as well. The Sixers' bench was also solid‚ especially when Embiid's teammates knew that they could score on Giannis at any time. In addition‚ the Sixers' big man had to spend a lot of time on Giannis‚ who had a strong defense. The other star‚ Antetokounmpo‚ however‚ was the more important player in this game. Even though the Bucks needed a superstar to win the game‚ Embiid's grit in the first half of Thursday's game was apparent. The Sixers had no choice but to play backups‚ and this led to a lopsided loss. The second half‚ however‚ was a different story.
Despite the tough loss‚ Embiid's teammates showed their grit and willingness to step up. Regardless of the outcome of Friday's game‚ the Sixers remained in the lead. While the Sixers had no Embiid Rivers in the second half‚ they had plenty of the same reasons to be optimistic. But in both games‚ the Sixers were able to show their grit in overtime and forced the Bucks to pull the emergency cord‚ but they couldn't make the Bucks pull the emergency cord. In Friday's game‚ the Sixers were a bit frustrated with their third-quarter lead. Embiid‚ James Harden‚ and Tobias Harris all left the game‚ with a lead of 82-72. After Joel Embiid's departure‚ the Sixers went on a 12-2 run. In the final quarter‚ the Bucks poured on 15 consecutive points. Despite his struggles in the first two games‚ the Sixers have a bright future ahead. The six-time MVP had a breakout season in March and the sixers haven't looked back since. After all‚ Embiid's performance this season will be a big boost for the 76ers. After last year's drubbing‚ the 76ers are more than ready for a run at the postseason.
Teams are shooting 73.6% at the rim when DeAndre Jordan is on the floor for the Sixers.
Ultimately, he is what he is at this point in his career. It’s up to the powers that be to play him or not.
Column via @SixersWire/ @USATODAY: https://t.co/R1uM9bdXIV — Austin Krell (@NBAKrell) March 28, 2022
According to https://t.co/ElSYPqQVMN’s matchup data from last night, Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 15 points when Paul Millsap was his primary defender.
Millsap registered just under 2 minutes as Giannis’ primary defender. — Austin Krell (@NBAKrell) March 30, 2022