The pair Joel Embiid – James Harden recovered against the Magic
Losing two in a row at home against one of the worst teams in the East is going to be bad.
Two days after their loss, which ended a streak of seven victories, the 76ers reacted by winning against the Magic (105-94), thanks to a more serious defense against Paolo Banchero and his gang.
WHAT YOU SHOULD REMEMBER
– Win without shining. In view of the first quarter, we initially thought that a big “blowout” was being prepared. Joel Embiid and his team really signed 17-0 in the last four minutes to seriously escape the score (37-23). The second quarter was less glorious as they only scored five points in the next six minutes… So at the break, the Magic still had a chance (56-53). Ditto at the start of the last quarter (82-78). But Philadelphia finished the game better and took advantage of the general sloppiness to limit the Magic to 16 points to finish. ” I don’t think we played well. But we played well enough to win. We take Doc Rivers commented.
– The Private Address Magic. Flamboyant in his previous outing, Paolo Banchero this time struggled to get into the rhythm. He’s not the only one since Franz Wagner (1/7 from far), Wendell Carter Jr. (0/5) or Gary Harris (3/8), despite a big start to the game, all struggled to give away penalties. Result, a very dismal 6/39 (16%) behind the arc, their worst performance of the season, almost crippled in today’s NBA.
– No craziness coming from the 76ers side. Philadelphia further fueled the transfer market last season by trading James Harden and Ben Simmons. This season, it should be calmer, even a week before the famous “trade deadline”, Daryl Morey may be tempted to hold his bench. “ This team is better, better equipped for the playoffs. I believe we are solid. We are not that young. (But) we have fewer shortcomings, all teams have shortcomings “Doc Rivers commented, without wanting to expand on the potential adjustments that could be made in the coming days.
✅ James Harden – Joel Embiid. Serious game for both men. The first one differentiates between the distribution and some separation sequences by being clean in terms of shooting. More than his management of the ball since he still lost seven. The second made his patience speak since he was catching with two most of the time. For example, he only got one shot in the last quarter.
✅ Markelle Fultz. After his double-double two days ago but with little practice, the point guard was one of the few Magic players who was effective shooting. He only scored near the circle.
⛔ Tyrese Maxey. Second very average outing for the substitute who struggled to get a shot.
⛔ Paolo Banchero. Very complex night at the address level for the rookie (13 points on 5/18 shooting) who has lacked consistency in his shooting in recent weeks.
76ers (33-17) : trip to San Antonio on Friday.
Magic (20-32) : trip to Minnesota on Friday.