76ers vs Hawks: player observations after Sixers dominance on Saturday night
The Philadelphia 76ers weren’t happy with the way they played late in Thursday night’s game against the Detroit Pistons. As the Sixers’ star center, Joel Embiid was very critical of his team’s overall performance before facing the Atlanta hawks, the Sixers knew they really had to bring it on Saturday to silence the growing criticism surrounding them.
Right out of the gate, the Sixers looked refreshed. Although they didn’t shoot the ball relatively well, Philly took a 28-15 lead in the first quarter. At halftime, the Sixers were leading 60-46.
Knowing they had to keep pace, Philly had another good halftime performance as they outscored the Hawks by six points. With a 22-point lead before the last quarter, the Sixers had only to avoid last year’s woes against Atlanta and keep their foot on the gas.
That’s exactly what they did with another strong performance in the fourth quarter. As the Sixers led up to 33 points, it was obvious Atlanta started waving the white flag as they cleared their bench. Shortly thereafter, the Sixers called before securing a 122-94 victory, helping them move to 4-2 that year.
As a team, the Sixers played a stellar game. Now let’s take a look at the individual performances.
Doc Rivers said ahead of the game that he was the least bit concerned about Danny Green’s shooting difficulties to start the year. He didn’t pull off too many shots on Saturday, but he managed to reverse two of his three field attempts. It all came from beyond the arc. He’s yet to have a breakout game this season, but it looks like he’s working to regain his attacking rhythm.
The veteran forward was by far the best player on the pitch on Saturday night. In 31 minutes of action, he achieved a double-double collecting 22 points and 10 rebounds. Harris has played really well so far to start the season, and he continued to shine in Saturday night’s outing.
Embiid was cleared to act early in the day which was a good sign considering he’s been a game time decision for the last four games. After a 30-point game against Detroit, Embiid didn’t pass his season high on Saturday, but he played well enough to help his team get the job done. He finished with 19 points on 13 shots and had five rebounds.
Heading into Saturday’s game, Curry was shooting 62 percent from field and 65 percent from depth. The veteran sniper continued to be very effective for the Sixers on Saturday. Taking nine shots in total, Curry drained 56% of his attempts, with two of his four attempts at three points. He finished the evening with 15 points.
Saturday was one of the best outings of the year for Maxey. He was expected to have his hands full with Trae Young on the defensive end, but he held on. Offensively, Maxey knocked down six of his eight shots from the field and went 3-3 from the charity strip, registering 16 points.
Ahead of Saturday’s game, Doc Rivers confirmed Milton was on a minute restriction as he recovered from a sprained ankle. The veteran goaltender registered for just under 19 minutes and had 11 points and two assists in attack. As a team, the Sixers didn’t shoot three very well, and Milton’s struggles helped. From depth, he only managed one of his six three-point attempts. Considering he’s just coming back from an absence of several weeks, Milton should show a bit of rust here and there for now.
The veteran forward has been a great addition to the Sixers this season. Rivers played with his rosters a bit and allowed Niang to run with different groups. In terms of shooting, he struggled to reverse just one of his six deep attempts. As mentioned above, however, the Sixers weren’t solid from three as a whole. Niang has proven to be a reliable shooter, so Saturday’s game was more of a fluke.
Thybulle’s defense has been fantastic this year, as expected. Offensively, he was extremely quiet. On Saturday, however, he had more impact on this side of the ball. He was less hesitant from three and tried a few deep shots. Although he only knocked down one of his three-point attempts, Thybulle finished the game with 11 points. He also had a game high of four interceptions and put up a soft reel of blocks. Overall, Thybulle was extremely strong on Saturday.
Point guard Furkan Korkmaz was a fun experience for the Sixers. While returning to his typical role, the Turkish sniper sees fewer shots. On Saturday, Korkmaz just couldn’t get it to work during his limited time on the ground. In 18 minutes of action, he missed all three deep shots and only collected four points.
After having had a warm start to the year, Drummond has been relatively calm lately. However, he had a nice rebounding game after a disappointing performance against his old franchise. In 13 minutes, Drummond drained four of his six field goal attempts for eight points and tallied five rebounds in total.
As Shake Milton returned to the lineup this week, Isaiah Joe found himself knocked out of the Sixers’ rotation. This was not surprising, considering the second-year goaltender struggled to find his shot after a hot preseason. Due to Philly’s ability to secure a significant lead over the Hawks, Joe found a few minutes on Saturday. Despite only getting a four-minute change, the former Arkansas star made the most of that time on the floor by knocking out two of his three attempts for five points. While he probably doesn’t find himself in the rotation after making the most of his waste time, Joe has once again proven to his coaching staff that he can warm up when he has it. opportunity.