The Atlanta Hawks fell to the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 2, 118-102. The series now heads back to State Farm Arena for Game 3 where the Hawks will look to take care of home court.
Joel Embiid had 40 points and 13 rebounds for the 76ers, and Shake Milton came off the bench providing a spark and 14 points. Assuming Joel Embiid doesn't get ejected from games for getting mad, which was almost the case in Game 2, what can the Hawks do to stop him.
"There's not a lot you can do," Randy McMichael of the Midday Show said. "You've just go to limit the other guys. You can't let Tobias Harris dominate the first quarter the way he did."
Clint Capela, who is one of the best defensive centers in the NBA, has had a tough time stopping Embiid from getting to the basket. Do you double-team him?
"I don't like the idea of double-teaming him," Andy Bunker said. "If you double-team him, that leaves one of those other guys on the perimeter for Philadelphia open, and that's a big part of why they were able to take advantage of the Hawks (in Game 2)."
Another good strategy by the 76ers in Game 2 was to have Ben Simmons focus primarily on defending Trae Young, and less on helping offensively. Simmons only took three shots on Tuesday night.
"I just want Trae to be more assertive to start (Game 3)," Randy continued. "I thought at the beginning, he picked up his dribble way too early when he got across half-court...and I thought he bailed Ben Simmons out a lot instead of going at him."
It was the first time in the playoffs that we've seen Trae kind of let the energy of the game get ahead of him a little bit. He was forcing stuff," Andy replied.