Joel Embiid stepped onto the court and pointed to Shake Milton after an electrifying road that could save Philadelphia’s season and said, “I told you to get ready!”
Of course, Embiid, who clashed side-by-side with Milton last season – picked up the forgotten keeper with a pregame pep talk.
‘For some reason,’ said Embiid, ‘I felt he needed it.
Milton had a 32-yard touchdown run to score 14 points and Embiid had a top 40 points and 13 rebounds in the playoffs, beating the Atlanta Hawks 118-102 in Game 2 on Tuesday night. brought forward and even in the semi-finals of the Eastern Conference.
Game 3 in Atlanta on Friday.
“It really shows what a playoff is,” said 76-year-old striker Tobias Harris. “You never know when you can empower anyone.”
Milton took his turn in Game 2.
Milton shone as the sixth man of the season, he was unlucky and was criticized for a terrible first round against Washington (3.4 points per game).
As a result of Philly’s failure in the second straight game against the Hawks – the Sixers had zero in the midfield – coach Doc Rivers hit Milton in the third.
The Sixers closed the 21-point gap and Trae Young hit a few free throws in the third, 80-79 for Atlanta’s first win.
Then came Shake.
Milton didn’t play in the first half, but quickly buried the No. 3 and in the 34th minute, Philadelphia’s first bench was 82-80. He sent the Sixers into the fourth quarter with a 91-84 advantage and buried a long distance 3 on the horn that absolutely angered the crowd. At the start of the fourth, he continued with a jumper that reached 95-84.
Rivers kept the confidence and put the Shake Hawks in a frenzy and helped the Sixers run 14-0, which opened the game and they avoided a second disaster directly at home.
“He prepared himself and he was confident he would get another shot and he got it,” Rivers said.
Milton’s 14th minute was the most valuable of Game 2.
Embiid proved his worth throughout the season.
Playing with tears in the cartilage on his right knee, he took the Embiid Sixers shortly after learning he was second in the NBA MVP poll. Embiid, Tobias Harris and Seth Carey stabilized after a six-game losing streak, beating the Sixers in first place.
The youngsters scored 21 points at Hawks, 21 at Danilo Gallinari and 20 at Kevin Herter.
“When we get close, we just roll the ball or give up the basket,” coach Nate McMillan said. “We didn’t really do a good job of managing or organizing our defense overnight.”
The Sixers 18 early and led by Sixers fans – who were recently allowed to pick up the spot – pulled out a season that looked like a pandemonium from the opening end.
Just like in Game 1, the 76ers reserve couldn’t keep the game competitive. All five benches used in the first half were minus plus-minus (George Hill and Furkan Korkmaz were both at -11) and Atlanta was back. Huerter and Gallinari hit No. 3 in a row, which helped the Hawks pull 57-55 in the break.
Yang, who was the best performer of the next season, tied for 11 points after scoring 25 points in the first half of Game 1. The difference was in defense. NBA defender, finalist of the year Ben Simmons took over the post after Danny Green was overestimated on the opening field. The Sixers were ready for Young: In a single possession in the first quarter, Young drove the way and faced Embiid. The youngster stepped back from the 3-point line, but was chased out by Embiid. Trapped along the side line, he threw a wild pass selected by Green.
At the end of the quarter, Young crossed one of the usual long and long distances closer to the 76ers logo than the 3rd line, but using a 6-foot-10 Simmons extended right hand, he twisted 6-1 Young’s shot. directly into the air. Simmons grabbed the ball.
“I think it was good that we got out here and played,” Young said. “Obviously they are a very good team at home. Playing at least one game is what we want.”
Embiid finished only one first in the NBA MVP and finished second behind a’s Nikola Jokic for the award. Both seniors are making their teams in the playoffs. Jokic averaged 26.4 points. Embiid averaged 28.5 points. Embiid averaged 10.6 rebounds. Jokic was at 10.8.
So why the big differences in voting? Jokic was the runaway winner, receiving 91 of the 101 first-place votes.
Jokic has appeared in all 72 games, and injuries have brought Embiid to 51.
“I think it was a two-person race,” Rivers said. “We have so many great players in our league. I think the deciding factor was these games. It played a definite role. I was definitely hoping for our guy, but you can’t take anything away from Jokich.”
Allen Iverson is the last Sixer to win an MVP award in 2001.
Embiid said the finish line was “disappointing.”
“As a player, you work a lot in moments like this, but it’s out of my control. I can’t do anything,” he said.
Hawks: F De’Andre Hunter sat with his right knee aching.
76ers: Julius Erving led the ceremonial bell. … Embiid is the seventh Sixer to have played 30 playoff games in at least 10 careers.
Corey did the first three to five points until he missed the third. Huerter made his first eight shots on the floor and three three-pointers in three quarters.