Post Game Recap: We Need a Closer

The Sixers started their homestand with a desperately needed win against the now 0-4 Detroit Pistons, with an opportunity for revenge against Atlanta next. But as Detroit chipped away and made it an 8 point game in the 4th, something became apparent.

The Sixers Need a Closer

When the Lakers need a bucket in the 4th, who do they turn to? What about the Warriors? The Nets? Lebron, Curry and KD serve as the crunch time offensive engines for their respective squads, and in a late game situation the pressure is on them. Philly has a superstar in Joel Embiid, but they desperately need a true shot creating guard to create a better late game looks than 'give Embiid the ball'. Someone who can dribble, shoot and pass in the 4th quarter would just make life that much easier for Embiid especially, and allow him to find his shots naturally instead of being forced to take everything.

Joel Embiid is THAT Guy

Philly does need to do a better job of creating a multi layered offense. But giving Joel Embiid the ball still leads to some spectacular things. With time winding down and in search for the dagger, who else but Embiid to step up and cap off his 30 point night with a bang?

Even if the big mans season hasn't started off to his standards after his knee injury (that he really shouldn't be playing through), this team and franchise would be nothing without him and we should be grateful for it.

The Role Players Are Flashing

With the Sixers other max player unavailable, more will be asked of the guys around the franchise player. And tonight in front of the home fans, it went pretty well! They shot 50/40/90 as a team on the night, which can't be a bad thing. Tyrese Maxey had his first truly good and consistent game, going 6/8 from the field and dishing out 6 dimes including this one to Tobias Harris, who was also doing Tobias Harris things this game.

Shake Milton returned from an injury and made his season debut, and actually looked improved from last year. His shooting form looked better and he generally looked more assertive as he posted 13 points and 5 assists.

Coaching is Still an Issue

Doc Rivers teams have never been able to hold leads, and as soon as he comes to Philadelphia they seem to be allergic to easy wins. In this one, a twenty point lead evaporated into an 8 point one quicker than most fans could process. Something with Rivers isn't clicking, and so far this year the offense seems misguided. Just going back to the playoffs last year, Philadelphia time and time again let Atlanta back into games. And at a certain point the personnel or the depth doesn't matter when your coach doesn't know what he's doing.

But either way, a win is a win and this one gets Philly over .500 as they look for revenge against those Atlanta Hawks on Saturday at 7:30.

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