Monday, November 28 2022

MIAMI — The Philadelphia 76ers had a pretty miserable night in South Florida on Monday as they fell to the Miami Heat 106-92 in Game 1 of their semifinal series. The Sixers had to do battle without Joel Embiid and without the big fella, Philadelphia couldn’t make anything work on that end.

The Sixers shot a putrid 6-for-34 from deep and they committed 15 turnovers on the night as well. Danny Green was 1-for-5 from deep, Tyrese Maxey was 1-for-6, and Georges Niang was 0-for-7. That is not going to cut it in a playoff game and it also didn’t help that they got absolutely nothing out of their centers in this matchup.

The Sixers held Miami to 43.5% from the floor and 9-for-36 from deep, but the turnovers and the offensive rebounds the Heat collected changed things. On top of that, the offensive struggles were just too much to overcome.

Doc Rivers

“6-for-34 from the 3-point line, you’re never going to win a game when you shoot like that. I told our guys, I thought 27 of them were absolutely great looks. I still didn’t like how we played though. I didn’t like how we moved the ball. I thought we passed late tonight. I thought their physicality affected us tonight. I thought they got into us and that had an impact on us. I thought there were too many times when we put the ball on the floor, the pass was there and then we take that extra dribble, and by the time we passed it, they got there. That’s what I saw visually. I liked how we fought back, got back in it at halftime. I liked how we came out at the beginning of the third quarter. We had great energy. We missed a couple of wide-open shots during that stretch where we could’ve helped us stretch the lead, but I didn’t like the rest of the game at that point on.”

Tobias Harris

“I definitely thought we got the looks that we wanted. Sometimes it happens. It’s a make-or-miss league. We’ll take those same looks next game as well. We just gotta be prepared for those same type of looks that we may be able to get. We just gotta make them. Tonight, they didn’t fall for us. I think that kind of led to that drop in our energy a little bit on the defensive end, but we’ll take them all again. Hopefully, they’re there for us next game and we’ll capitalize.”

James Harden

“I think tonight, we had some really great shots. They just didn’t go in. What we can control is turnovers. I think we had 16 turnovers which is way too many and offensive rebounds. Two things we’ve been preaching even from last series. If we can control those things, we’ll be better in Game 2. We’ll give ourselves a chance.”

Tyrese Maxey

“We actually got some really good looks. We’re not gonna miss them all every single game so we just gotta keep generating those same looks and keep being aggressive and getting downhill.”

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Source: Yahoo Sports

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