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.
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.