Within the earlier spherical, an preliminary beatdown left the Atlanta Hawks overwhelmed down, as in the event that they appreciated their limitations.
This time round, the Miami Warmth are discovering themselves with an opponent after a blowout Sport 1 loss that believes it has the solutions for one thing higher, even because it continues within the absence of All-Star middle Joel Embiid.
To the Philadelphia 76ers, or a minimum of some 76ers, Erik Spoelstra’s group is hardly an unsolvable riddle, even after Monday evening’s 106-92 lopsided loss to the Warmth.
“They’re going to fold,” neophyte 76ers middle Paul Reed stated because the groups flip their consideration to Wednesday’s 7:30 p.m. Sport 2 at FTX Area within the best-of-seven Jap Convention semifinal.
There was some context to Reed’s bravado, simply as there was with related sentiment elsewhere on the 76ers roster.
“Truthfully, I feel we will positively beat this group,” Reed stated. “We go on the market and be extra bodily than them and play extra aggressive, preserve them on their heels, they’re going to fold.”
But when the Warmth may have carried out simply that in Sport 1, when their 14-point first-quarter lead was a five-point third-quarter deficit, there was important pushback, even whereas taking part in amid the continuing damage absence of level guard Kyle Lowry.
Simply because the Warmth try to purchase time with Lowry’s balky hamstring, so are the 76ers doing the identical as Embiid hopes to push again from a fractured orbital bone and concussion.
Within the interim, it in some ways is about survival . . . with the 76ers believing they’ve sufficient to do exactly that as they await a possible Embiid return in Friday’s Sport 3 at Wells Fargo Middle.
“It’s doable,” 76ers guard Tyrese Maxey stated. “It’s not completely out of attain. The physicality that they play with, we now have to match it or exceed it, as a result of the refs are doing a terrific job of letting guys play.
“We allowed their physicality to influence the sport, and that may’t occur.”
So perception stays.
“It’s one sport,” guard James Harden stated, “however issues can flip quick.”
However Sport 1 additionally hardly was one of the best of the Warmth, at .435 from the sphere, 9 of 36 on 3-pointers and with simply 15 factors on 5-of-16 capturing from Jimmy Butler.
In that regard, it was an as-needed efficiency, paced by 25 factors from Tyler Herro and 24 factors and 12 rebounds from middle Bam Adebayo.
“We simply have been capable of get a little bit bit extra organized within the second half, and defensively we actually picked up the depth,” Spoelstra stated.
It was a stage the 76ers couldn’t replicate at closing time.
“The second half, they ran totally different defenses,” stated ahead Tobias Harris, who led the 76ers with 27 factors, on an evening Maxey closed with 19, Harden 16 and the 76ers’ bench 21 whole. “They trapped, they pressed. We allowed their physicality to influence the sport. That may’t occur.”
Which brings it again to Reed and the 22-year-old impetuousness of the participant referred to as BBall Paul.
“Most disappointing half is that we have been up on the half and we will actually beat this group,” stated Reed, who was amongst those that tried to fill in for Embiid within the center. “The entire group knew it.
“The one factor we now have to fret about is locking them down each possession and getting out in transition. As soon as we try this, they’ll’t cease us.”
It’s not fairly the identical had the message come from Embiid, and even Harden, but it surely’s additionally an opponent not able to again down, because the Hawks did in falling 4-1 to the Warmth the earlier spherical.
“They did a very good job of exhibiting their our bodies, crowding the ball,” Harden stated. “We’ll watch movie, and discover methods to get higher.”