With problems sharing “energy” in the Sixers 5 blast loss, what can they count on?

With the ‘energy’ sharing issues in Game 5, what can the Sixers count on? Originally featured on NBC Sports Philadelphia

Another second-round 5 match for the Sixers, another night that challenged satisfactory answers.

The year following his team’s 26-point home loss to the Hawks, head coach Doc Rivers answered questions after a 35-point defeat on the road to the Heat left the Sixers on the brink of elimination.

“They were more physical,” Rivers said. We didn’t run anything. We didn’t run our stuff well. We played at a snail’s pace. …everything they did tonight was harder and better. Their stuff was better than we ran, their energy was better, their strength was better. I didn’t say that much about us. And that’s on us. Everyone. That’s on me to make sure they’re ready, and that’s on them to be ready. Tonight we weren’t.”

Rivers wished the game would be categorized as distinctly forgettable. But he understands that this is not the way to qualify.

“Even at the start of the third quarter, we made a shot, cut (the deficit), it seemed like we had a chance,” he said. “And then they make eight straight points of turnovers, long balls, and terrible transitional defense.

“I want to watch the tape or burn it. I’m not sure which one. Maybe I’ll watch it, because I have to, and then I will burn it. But we will be ready for the next match. We have to be.”

The most reliable formula for the Sixers’ success this year was Joel Embiid’s greatness. It drove them to wins before and after Ben Simmons was in limbo for the Sixers, and it often led the team to feel – justifiably – that they would find a way around.

But, with a masked Embiid struggling physically during his play through a right orbital fracture and a torn ligament in his right thumb, he’s far from certain he will be able to overcome weaknesses and capture clutch wins. James Harden made his own version of that in Game 4, breaking the streak of a quiet second half with a 16-point fourth quarter that included four three-pointers.

Harden only had 21 regular season games as a Sixer after the massive deal that sent Simmons into the net. The two games he sat in in March with the goal of managing his left hamstring with a responsibility were against the Heat. The sixth match on Thursday evening will be his tenth alongside Embiid in the qualifiers. The pair was strong at this small sample size. The Sixers have a net rating of plus 15.8 with Harden and Embiid combined during the regular season and +8.7 during the post-season, per clean glass.

However, it’s true that we wonder what the Sixers can count on as a team after a horrific loss and with two back-to-back wins now mandatory.

“First, our energy — our energy on Earth,” said Tobias Harris. “When we’re physical and bond as a group — that’s defensively, basically — that’s where we are at our best, where we can take the ball out in transition and run. Our energy… has always been key to us on both sides of basketball. Moving basketball. , getting to paint, kicking, shooting triples, and descending into the slopes for a quick dab is when we’re at our best.So all of these things come through the course of the game.

“And for us today, we let them run a little bit early in the game. I don’t think we were mentally engaged enough to kind of get out of that — to get out of that run and sort of fix ourselves up to do the runs for ourselves. Those are all things that we know we can do, Which we did this year, and we have to go back to the next match.”

The Sixers conceded a 23-9 advantage on Tuesday in points of turnovers. Having ranked fourth in turnover in the regular season at 12.9, this series’ Sixers averaged 17.0. With Simmons’ attack development lacking and Matisse Thybulle insufficient for him to receive a major bump in playoff minutes, he is often shocked when the Sixers make mistakes that allow the opponent to attack on the open floor. They are light on disruptive defenders.

Led by Jimmy Butler, who has averaged 32 points over the past three games and has not committed more than three outings in this post-season outing, I felt the Heat had scored the vast majority of quick wins in Miami. And even if Heat fans aren’t inclined to fill up the FTX Arena seats when getting a tip, there are plenty of exciting plays for the audience.

For the Harden and the Sixers, crime was tough in the series.

“It’s tough…when you’re playing against each possession’s defense group,” Harden said. “We had 19 points in that first quarter. We didn’t stop, and that’s the start of the game. That will go on. … It’s hard to play against a half-court defense possession by possession, especially on the road. If we get stopping points, now, instead of Playing against half a defense on the field, every possession, maybe every now and then. I feel like that was key for tonight.”

Harris and Embiid are the only players to feature in the Sixers’ 36-point game loss to the Raptors in 2019.

Butler was great in that streak of Series Game 6 at Wells Fargo Center and the Sixers had a Game 7 that ended hard with a four-stroke hitter from Kawhi Leonard.

This time around, Butler will be determined to prevent the Sixers from getting a fourth chance at figuring out all of Miami.

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