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Play Defense or Put Yourself In a Hole

Be all in or get out. There is no halfway” said Nathan Latka, a best-selling author. Give everything one hundred percent or risk not succeeding. Last night in Atlanta, the Sixers didn’t play great basketball offensively but still won 127-111 to take a 2-1 series lead in the conference semifinals. How? They put on a show defensively.

How did the Defense Play Their Hearts Out?

Let’s keep this in mind: Philadelphia not only shut down the Hawks, but they also silenced Atlanta’s fans all night. In the first quarter, at four minutes and 47 seconds, Matisse Thybulle and Furkan Kormaz double-teamed Trae Young. This made Young very unbalanced, who then panicked and turned the ball over. In the second quarter, at eight minutes and 32 seconds, Korkmaz, for the Sixers, made a defensive stop after making a mistake earlier in that possession. He quickly covered the Hawks hot-hand shooter, Kevin Huerter. Furkan stayed in front of Huerter, eventually forcing Kevin to lose the ball once he was close to the out-of-bounds line. Philadelphia consistently made defensive plays like these all game, allowing them to secure the victory and the series lead.

By Contributor blogger,

Jacob Mauriello

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