The Mask and the Beard, the master assets of Doc Rivers

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The Mask and the Beard, the master assets of Doc Rivers

At +14 and +16 in the first two games of this Eastern Conference semi-final, the Heat had done the job perfectly at home. But on the move to Philadelphia, the Florida troop was however disenchanted, losing twice including a one-sided Game 3, finished at +20.

This turnaround is largely due to the return of Joel Embiid, but also thanks to the rebirth of James Harden, especially in Game 4, with 31 points including 16 units in the last quarter alone.

“It’s James who is James, quite simply. I felt he was going to have a big game. It was palpable.” reacted Doc Rivers.

With 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists, but 7 stray bullets and a small 4/11 on shots, James Harden was generally below the level at which fans, and observers, really expected him. His skill with the stick nevertheless remained an important argument for the Sixers.

“We obviously like his points”, said Doc Rivers after the third game. “But what James really brings us is his ability to organize ourselves. He puts us in the right positions. He gives the ball to the good players. It’s so important, especially in the playoffs. »

The Sixers still have it up their sleeves

But, last night, James Harden finally regained all his former glory. Spearheading an 8-0 that will ignite Philly in the last quarter, “The Beard” finally managed to play a full match, at 31 points (8/18 including 6/10 at 3-points) therefore, but also 9 assists and 7 rebounds (but still 6 stray bullets).

“Joel needed a rest and with the group we had, we caused fouls and increased our advantage. When Joel came back into play 7 minutes 30 from the end, we were already in the penalty. It was huge for us! », is satisfied Doc Rivers. “After that, with each contact, they foul and we go on the line to return our shots. It was super important. »

Now back to back, Sixers and Heat will fly back to South Beach. But this time, in addition to a Joel Embiid in the cleaning phase, Philadelphia will indeed be able to count on a confident James Harden.

“I don’t think we played our best basketball”advances Joel Embiid in this direction.

With their “beard” and their “mask”, the Sixers hope to make a big splash in Game 5. All it takes is a small away victory to regain the lead in the series. And potentially fold the case at Game 6 in Philly!

“Joel will be able to play this time”smiled Doc Rivers after the match. “We haven’t seen the best of Joel in this series yet. He’s still trying to figure out how to deal with this mask that’s slipping over his face. »

Shots Bounces
Players GM Minimum Shots 3 points LF Off Def Early pd bp Int CT party Points
Joel Embiid 68 33.8 49.9 37.1 81.4 2.1 9.6 11.7 4.2 3.1 1.1 1.5 2.7 30.6
James Harden 21 37.7 40.2 32.6 89.2 0.6 6.5 7.1 10.5 3.4 1.2 0.2 2.3 21.0
Tyrese Maxey 75 35.3 48.5 42.7 86.6 0.3 2.9 3.2 4.3 1.2 0.7 0.4 2.1 17.5
Tobias Harris 73 34.8 48.2 36.7 84.2 1.1 5.7 6.8 3.5 1.6 0.6 0.6 2.2 17.2
Seth Curry 45 34.8 48.5 40.0 87.7 0.4 3.0 3.4 4.0 1.9 0.8 0.2 2.2 15.0
George Niang 76 22.8 43.7 40.3 88.1 0.3 2.3 2.7 1.3 0.8 0.4 0.2 2.5 9.2
Shake Milton 55 21.4 42.9 32.3 83.6 0.5 2.0 2.6 2.5 0.8 0.5 0.3 1.8 8.2
Furkan Korkmaz 67 21.1 38.7 28.9 81.0 0.3 2.3 2.6 1.9 0.7 0.5 0.1 0.9 7.6
Andre Drummond 49 18.4 53.8 0.0 51.2 2.8 6.1 8.8 2.0 1.6 1.1 0.9 2.5 6.1
Danny Green 62 21.8 39.4 38.0 78.6 0.5 2.0 2.5 1.0 0.7 1.0 0.6 1.7 5.9
Matisse Thybulle 66 25.5 50.0 31.3 79.1 0.6 1.7 2.3 1.1 0.6 1.7 1.1 2.4 5.7
Deandre Jordan 16 13.4 59.3 0.0 71.4 2.0 3.8 5.8 0.5 1.0 0.1 0.6 1.3 4.6
Paul Millsap 9 11.7 43.3 25.0 71.4 1.3 1.4 2.8 0.6 0.9 0.6 0.2 2.1 3.7
Tyler Johnson 3 12.7 40.0 42.9 0.0 0.3 1.7 2.0 0.7 0.3 0.3 0.3 1.3 3.7
isaiah joe 55 11.1 35.0 33.3 93.5 0.1 0.9 1.0 0.6 0.3 0.3 0.1 0.9 3.6
Paul Reed, Jr. 38 8.0 56.3 25.0 42.9 1.2 1.3 2.4 0.4 0.3 0.9 0.4 1.5 3.1
Charles Bassey 23 7.3 63.8 0.0 75.0 1.0 1.7 2.7 0.3 0.3 0.2 0.7 1.4 3.0
Charlie Brown 19 8.5 26.5 11.1 90.0 0.7 0.9 1.6 0.3 0.3 0.4 0.2 0.8 1.5
Myles Powell 11 4.7 29.4 16.7 100.0 0.1 0.5 0.5 0.3 0.3 0.1 0.0 0.7 1.2
Jaden Springer 2 2.8 100.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.5 1.0 0.0 0.5 0.0 1.0 0.0 1.0
Braxton Key 2 3.2 50.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.5 1.0 0.5 1.0 0.5 0.0 0.5 1.0
Aaron Henry 6 2.8 20.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.2 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.3 0.3
Willie Cauley-stein 2 2.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.0 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.0

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