Caris LeVert and the Pacers kept Ben Simmons and the Sixers from reaching number 1 in the east for at least one night.
There will be at least one other meaningful game ahead of the playoffs. The Philadelphia 76ers failed to hit number 1 Tuesday night after losing 103-94 to the Indiana Pacers. Next up was the grazing Miami Heat.
The Sixers had a 62:51 lead in the locker room at halftime, and the second half saw a disaster in a script known in recent games. The Pacers struggled in the third quarter, tying it to 92 in the fourth before taking the lead for good. The defeat brought Philadelphia an eight-game winning streak in which the beleaguered bench couldn’t get the game out of the way.
After the game, head coach Doc Rivers established the brutal loss due to poor play at the offensive end. They shot 43.7% off the field (38 of 87) while Tobias Harris (27 points) and Ben Simmons (20 points) paced up and down.
« To be honest, this is a terrible loss for us as a group » Harris told reporters. “We lost our temper in the fourth quarter of what can’t happen to a team striving to see how good we want to be as a group.”
Yes, Joel Embiid (non-COVID disease) was absent from this one Action. So also Matisse Thybulle (hand) and Furkan Korkmaz (ankle) and Shake Milton (knee). But the Sixers had more than enough firepower to survive Indiana and couldn’t do it.
« I thought the first five minutes of the third we were just offensively awful, » Rivers told reporters. « It’s rare that I’ve said this was an offensive loss, but it was definitely an offensive loss tonight. I thought our defense held up overall. »
While Rivers credited his defense with claim, some of his players seemed to contradict that assessment. Harris and Simmons continued to make poor defensive efforts during their post-game Zoom calls, both of which said they failed to cause a transition infringement in the second half and awarded Giving up a lot of open looks. Harris blamed it for their mental lack of focus.
« The transition has been our best offense all season, » said Harris. « If we’re at our best, that’s because that we’re locked up defensively. In the third quarter, they just had too many looks, too many good looks, too many open looks. I am referring to the defensive end. “
Tobias Harris blames the bad defense for the loss tonight: » We couldn’t really get into the transition because our defense didn’t exist out there. That makes the game even more difficult. And then we have it in the fourth Quarter just not done. » I don’t get the shots to drop. « #Sixer #HereTheyCome
Simmons, who controls the pace as point guard, offered to slow the pace.
» I think we slowed our pace, « said Simmons. » We did lots of good looks, we just didn’t knock them down. «
Tyrese Maxey filled out the benchmark sheet against Indiana. He scored 11 points in 17 minutes while handing out three dime. The Sixers struggled, however Getting offensive into a rhythm when it was in play. They weren’t their normal spacing on the floor, something that seemed a little different even when Simmons ran the point.
I asked Doc if he would consider To use Ben Simmons as a screener / roller further down the track with 4 shooters around him.
« We weren’t very organized tonight, » said Rivers. « We didn’t let our things go. We did a lot of random [things], but that happens. You ask your team after the game, how many times we carried out our early offensive. And if they can’t give you an answer, that’s the answer. «
The Sixers will have one night to get out of this before heading to South Beach to beat the Miami Heat. After Brooklyn’s 115-107 win on Tuesday night, they have one more Win the game to reach the Eastern Conference number 1. The heat could decide to rest their starters on Thursday as they have the No. 6 seed wrapped, unless Miami wants to try moving up another seat.
« It’s just a leap back, » said Harris. « And I think our mental focus just has to be a lot better. »
Doc Rivers on the Sixers’ late run: « We didn’t have any tonight Execution. We really didn’t. In the first quarter we were brilliant at moving the ball, getting the ball in the right places, letting our stuff go … we lost ours. « Focus. So we didn’t have an execution tonight. »