Another dominant Joel Embiid performance, but the rest of the Sixers squad couldn't get it together as the Hornets snap the Sixers 7 game winning streak. I'm here to breakdown the game by quarter and give my takeaways from tonight's game.
The Sixers started off very slow but then started to get going as Joel Embiid hit a few circus shots and Mason Plumlee was struggling to guard Embiid. It was back and forth for most of the quarter but Philly ended up on top in the 1st, as Tyrese Maxey ended the quarter hitting back to back threes.
Struggling for majority of the quarter, the Sixers starters and bench squad couldn't get anything going and Gordon Hayward for the Hornets was hitting everything, literally. Hayward didn't miss a single shot in the first half ending the game with 30 points. Danny Green exited the game in the beginning of the quarter with a hamstring injury but found himself back on the bench a few minutes later. The Sixers looked depleted, lacking energy as they allowed Charlotte to end the quarter on a big run.
The Sixers started off this quarter how they ended the 1st half. Allowing Charlotte to get whatever they want and being careless with the ball as Philly ended the game with 16 turnovers. Philly found themselves down 20 at one point in this quarter. The Sixers also had bad body language throughout this quarter and Charlotte was outworking them in every aspect of the game. The Sixers brought the deficit down to 7 points as Charlotte went on a 4 minute scoreless run. In the end, the Sixers ended up going cold again, struggling to do anything on the offensive end.
Doc Rivers had the whole game to experience with different lineups and chose the fourth quarter to do so. The specific lineup that Rivers chose down the stretch of this game is what fans like to call "The Twin Tower lineup" that consists of Joel Embiid and Andre Drummond sharing the floor together. Charlotte found a quick way to slow them down on the offensive end as they switched to a zone defense right away. The Sixers couldn't get anything going down the stretch and ended up snapping their 7 game win streak.
My Takeaways from Tonight's Game:
Doc Rivers is still trying to experiment with lineups is hurting this team. He should know what every player brings and what lineup works well together and what doesn't. He continues to not see Isaiah Joe as he has been playing very good recently. Joe only saw the floor for 7 minutes tonight. Maxey played with the bench more in tonight's game but after the first quarter he didn't look confident in his shot as he ended the game shooting 4-13. As soon as the Hornets started playing zone defense, Rivers should've taken Drummond off the court right away. Tobias Harris continues to be a poor fit next to Embiid. The Sixers are still exploring trade options for Harris. Joel finished the game with 31 points as he continues his 30 PPG streak. The Sixers really struggled from the line tonight shooting 64% which is something you don't see often.
Tune in on Friday night as the Sixers host the Boston Celtics at 7PM on NBCSN.