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The Sixers have lost six of seven to fall below the .500 mark for the first time since Mischief Night.
I missed the game, watched the recording this morning, and asked our Slack chat what to expect. Here’s a sampling:
“In retrospect they sucked but Chicago hit a ton of ridiculous shots.”
“Not sure how much longer anyone can wait to get a real NBA coach in here.”
“Brett is not getting axed. stop. everyone stop”
“I make Paul George a max offer this summer. Nothing to lose.”
If we’re parsing last night’s performance, I think you take it at face value. They played to the level of their competition, as has been the case this entire season. Play down to Phoenix and Los Angeles, keep pace with the Rockets and Celtics.
They fought back in the second half to make it a game, Chicago hit some crazy shots down the stretch, and without Joel Embiid, late-game possessions that would normally revolve around him had to go to others instead.
Let’s take it back to 107-107 in the fourth quarter, with the Bulls on a run and drawing level with about 2:30 to play. Here’s how it finished:
- JJ Redick turnover, Nikola Mirotic timeout (107-107)
- Mirotic hits tough one-handed turnaround, and-1 (110-107)
- Ben Simmons draws blocking foul (110-107)
- Robert Covington misses 3 (110-107)
- Kris Dunn spin move and 6-foot jumper (112-107)
- Out of timeout, Simmons finds Saric off roll to basket (112-109)
- Dunn step-back 20 footer (114-109)
- Simmons lob and layup for Saric, and-1 (114-112)
- Dunn drive, kickout to Mirotic for 3 (117-112)
- Out of time out, Saric spot-up three (117-115)
- Mirotic misses step-back 20 footer (117-115)
- Simmons drive and contested miss at the rim (the end)
The Sixers didn’t have any timeouts on the last play. Ben Simmons put it on himself to get the rim, didn’t convert, and that was the game.
Chicago hit two incredibly difficult shots in the paint, plus a gnarly, step-back 21 footer as well. Philly started that stretch with another turnover from a veteran and a three-point miss. They scored coming out of both timeouts, one play drawn up by Brett Brown and another that was simply a spot-up three.
I don’t think there’s much to analyze there. Again, those possessions are going to Embiid in the low-post if he’s in the game. When he inevitably misses more action this season, the Sixers are going to need someone to inherit that role going forward, and last night you saw Simmons and Saric take the initiative. They’ve played well enough to win without Joel, but closing out games has been an entirely different story. That’s youth and inexperience. Continue Reading