Joel Embiid Pacers attack and Sixers secure home ground advantage in first round

On the eve of the end of the regular season, the Sixers secured the basics against the Pacers: a win (133-120), a first-round home advantage and their 50th success in 2021/22.

It wasn’t always reassuring, especially in defence, but Joel Embiid’s teammates (41 points, 20 rebounds) have done the job and will now have to wait an extra day to find out their opponent’s name in a week, during a run of at least four matches.

As for Rick Carlisle players, their free end of the campaign is on and it’s time for the holidays to arrive, in order to begin forever this rebuilding process that began at the last “trade deadline”.

What to remember

Philadelphia confirms its place in the top four in the East. If the Sixers don’t yet know who their opponent is, they’re at least sure of one thing: they’ll have their ground advantage in the first round. It remains to be seen if they will finish third or fourth in their conference and whether they will take on the Raptors or the Bulls. The icing on the cake: With this success, their 50th of the season, Philadelphia players have reached this total for the first time since 2019 and for the fourth time since the beginning of the 21st century.

Joel Embiid in glutton mode. For the first time since Embiid in August 2020 (against the Pacers already), a player has managed a game with more than 40 points and more than 20 rebounds in the NBA. Above all, with his new performance in a size XXL, the Cameroonian ensures to finish the season with an average of over 30 points over the course of the season, in other words unheard of in a pivot since Moses Malone in 1981/82. On his way to finish the league’s top scorer in 2021/2022, he was franchise player The Sixers staged a real massacre against an inexperienced Indiana racket, simply unable to slow him (14/17 in shots…), except through a foul.

tops/swings

Philadelphia holders. Behind Joel Embiid, today also introduced the four other members of the Sixers’ starting line-up. Between the canon of Tobias Harris the start of the match, the perfect complement to the Embiid; rediscovering James Harden’s aggressive setting in conductor setting (though his folly is still present); The valuable contribution of Danny Green on every aspect of the floor (while Matisse Thybulle couldn’t play in the case of a series in Toronto) or the offensive toughness of the discreet and effective Tyrese Maxey, Doc Rivers was able to count on the production owners in particular.

Indiana Young Guard. If they didn’t make the defensive weight against a team as saved as the Sixers, the Pacers would have anyway exploded in attack. Beginning with Oshae Brissett and Tyrese Haliburton, the leaders of the Rick Carlisle group and with good support from Isaiah Jackson or Duane Washington Jr. Without asking too many questions, the Indianapolis guys fought back as best they could, not to be dropped too often on a billboard. Although, in general, she never seemed to really bother Philadelphia.

defenses. In this type of meeting on an advanced schedule, the attack is generally all or nothing. In this case, tonight, between the Sixers’ various relaxations when they were well in control and the Pacers’ usual lack of interest in defence, the attackers had no problem shining. It was a little ugly at times, with the game’s protagonists showing no interest in this aspect of the game, but scoring enthusiasts were at least able to enjoy several of the high pedigree baskets (56% for Philadelphia, 53% for Indiana). As well as mount free throws.

the following

Philadelphia (50-31) : “Noon to Noon” against Detroit, Sunday-Monday night, at the end of the regular season (1:00).

Indiana (25-56) : “noon to noon” in Brooklyn, Sunday evening, at the end of the regular season (9:30 p.m.).

76ers / 133 shots bounce
players minimum shots 3 points LF a Dr T pd Ceremony Int baby CT +/- points evaluation
T Harris 32 8/13 1/3 1/1 1 3 4 0 4 0 1 1 +13 18 17
D.Green 29 5/11 4/10 1/1 2 2 4 3 3 3 1 1 +17 15th 19
Embiid 37 14/17 2/2 11/15 5 15th 20 4 4 2 5 1 +11 41 56
T Maxi 31 7/15 2/6 2/2 0 1 1 5 2 1 0 0 +11 18 17
J Harden 39 7/16 2/9 6/6 0 4 4 14 2 1 5 0 +12 22 27
P. Reed 11 4/4 0/0 0/2 3 2 5 1 5 4 0 0 +2 8 16
Mr. Thibault 24 1/2 0/1 0/0 2 0 2 2 0 2 1 0 +2 2 6
S Milton 22 2/8 0/1 0/0 1 0 1 8 3 1 1 0 +5 4 7
P Korkmaz 6 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -2 0 -1
I am jo 9 2/3 1/2 0/0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 -6 5 5
sum 50/90 12/34 21/27 14 28 42 37 24 14 14 3 133
Pacers / 120 shots bounce
players minimum shots 3 points LF a Dr T pd Ceremony Int baby CT +/- points evaluation
I’m Jackson 30 6/12 1/1 3/3 1 6 7 0 3 2 2 2 -13 16 19
O. Brissett 29 6/10 3/5 5/9 2 5 7 1 3 1 0 0 -10 20 21
TJ McConnell 25 4/8 0/0 4/4 0 3 3 6 5 1 1 1 -20 12 18
T. Halliburton 37 7/10 0/1 5/6 0 1 1 9 1 1 6 1 -1 19 21
B 28 3/8 2/5 4/4 1 1 2 1 2 0 3 0 -13 12 7
D Washington Jr. 26 6/10 2/4 1/2 0 1 1 2 1 1 1 0 +6 15th 13
T Taylor 30 4/10 0/2 2/3 3 2 5 2 2 1 2 0 -6 10 9
L Stevenson 20 3/5 1/1 2/2 0 4 4 5 2 1 2 1 -5 9 16
J York 15th 2/5 1/4 2/3 0 1 1 2 3 0 0 1 -3 7 7
sum 41/78 10/23 28/36 7 24 31 28 22 8 17 6 120

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