76ers vs Hawks - Game 1 Recap

Led by Trae Young’s 35 points and 10 assists, the No. 5 seed Hawks defeated the No. 1 seed 76ers, 128-124, in Game 1. Bogdan Bogdanovic added 21 points, four rebounds, and five assists for the Hawks in the victory, while Joel Embiid tallied a Playoff career-high 39 points, along with nine rebounds, four assists, and three blocks for the 76ers in the losing effort. This game by Embiid featured the most points scored in a playoff game from a Sixer since 2003 (Allen Iverson).

The 76ers had a surging end to the game after trailing by 26, bringing the margin down to at one point in time 2 points the difference. Double team traps in the full court and half-court caused many turnovers and minimal open looks for the Hawks. In the second half, the team played with intensity, aggression and played like a team desperate to win. This effort was missing in the first half and was much needed all game, causing this surge to be too late and just falling short of a Game 1 victory.

In the first half, Trae Young was guarded by 33-year-old Danny Green, and Trae Young made the most of this matchup by blowing easily past Danny Green, getting mid-range buckets, floaters, and 3 pointers, leading to a 25 point performance at HT.

Doc adjusted, throwing Matisse Thybulle and Ben Simmons on the assignment of guarding Young, but also Doc forced double-teaming Trae to cause other incapable ball handlers to make plays and make something happen. Once getting a stop or forcing a turnover, the Sixers would charge on a fast break to find very easy points and immediately bring back the pressure on defense.

The Atlanta Hawks made 13 3 pointers in the first half, but once this adjustment and trap was added, it limited them to just seven 3pt makes in the second half, shooting a much lower percentage.

My Takeaways:

  • Danny Green should NOT guard Trae Young when not necessary.

  • 76ers intensity needs to come from the beginning tip.

  • Joel Embiid looks fine, despite his knee injury.

  • Seth Curry is our X-Factor and is very easily scoring over a weak defender in Trae Young.

  • Atlanta Hawks will not shoot the same way they did today.

  • The 76ers need to limit Trae Young’s touches and need to force turnovers.

  • Fast ball movement works better for the 76ers. Try staying away from slowing momentum.

  • The 76ers seriously need to close out and limit all 3 pointers from the Atlanta Hawks.

  • Joel Embiid is very capable of getting Clint Capela into foul trouble, helping him dominate even more.

  • More production from George Hill.

  • Danny Green needs to hit his 3’s

  • 76ers need to attempt high percentage shots, especially in the first quarter.

  • The Hawks' inexperience was exposed, and they can’t handle pressure.

  • The 76ers should replicate their second-half performance in Game 2.

  • This series won’t be a pushover but is definitely Philly’s to take.

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