76ers offense falls short in Atlanta, frustrations mount in 104-95 loss to the Hawks
After an impressive win on Monday night at home against the Phoenix Suns, the Philadelphia 76ers were back in action last night against the Hawks at State Farm Arena in Atlanta.
The Hawks, led by Trae Young took down the 76ers 104-95. Young scored 26 points and added seven assists to lead the Hawks over a 26 point, 13 rebound effort from Joel Embiid. The Sixers shot a miserable 38.6% from the floor and just 6-for-30 from beyond the arc while committing 17 turnovers, which led to 19 Atlanta Hawks points.
The Hawks shot 44.3% from the floor and just 6-for-26 from three point range while committing 18 turnovers on the night. Unfortunately for the Sixers, they just couldn’t get things moving on the offensive end outside of Joel Embiid.
76ers Numbers vs Atlanta Hawks
- Tobias Harris: 12 PTS (5-15 FG)
- Tyrese Maxey: 15 PTS (5-17 FG)
- Georges Niang: 9 PTS
- De’Anthony Melton: 5 PTS, 10 REB
A notable part of the game came late in the third quarter in which the Atlanta Hawks went on a 25-11 run with Joel Embiid sitting on the bench. Embiid was subbed out after picking up his fourth foul.
Following the game, we heard from Doc Rivers about the decision to take out Embiid.
“Joel got those fouls,” coach Doc Rivers told reporters. “Really tough call for me. He had four fouls to leave him in, if he gets his fifth, now you’re one foul away. That one hurt us as well.”
Embiid also shared his own thoughts on being subbed out, saying that he’s smart enough not to foul and he thought removing him from the game, sparking a 25-11 run, was the wrong decision.
“I think I’m smart enough to not foul,” he added. “But I thought that’s probably when the game changed. They went on that run, and we could never get it back. …
“I trust whatever my teammates and my coaches say. Tonight, it just happened to be, at the time, probably the wrong decision.”
Tyrese Maxey to Joel Embiid for the Slam
Tyrese Maxey continued to struggle last night, extending his brutal stretch of shooting to 19-for-64, and 6-for-23 over the last three games. For Maxey, the young rising start who started off the season shooting 51.6% from the floor and 46.8% from beyond the arc through the first nine games of the season, the last three games have been pretty disheartening, even more so with James Harden sidelined.
Overall, the Philadelphia 76ers just can’t seem to get on the same page and to me, that’s a coaching issue. I’m honestly not sure how you can have an entire offseason and training camp and enter the season “out of sync” which has become Doc Rivers’ favorite line after each loss in the early goings of the season.
With last night’s loss, the 76ers are now 5-7 on the year and sitting near the bottom of the Eastern Conference in 12th place. They will return home on Saturday night to host the Atlanta Hawks at the Wells Fargo Center.
Something’s gotta give.