Seriously, the Sixers have finally secured their qualification

Seriously, the Sixers have finally secured their qualification

No miracle for the Raptors and no scare for the Sixers. This could be the summary of this Game 6, won very largely by Philadelphia (97-132).

However, doubt and fear were in the camp of Doc Rivers these last days. We had to prepare well for this match, to avoid a defeat which would have been terrible for morale. With a video session of Game 5 in particular.

“We didn’t get any further than the first half, because there was so much to say about it”explains the Sixers coach to the Philadelphia Inquirer. “It was a good thing for us. The next day, we saw it in training, the team was serious. It was perfect. »

The desire to end

So perfect that the instructions of the coaches were no longer necessary this Thursday. “It’s funny because our shootaround was catastrophic”, continues Doc Rivers. “I told my assistant Dave Joerger that they didn’t want to hear from us anymore. Coaching, they were fed up, they had already heard everything. They were ready to play. So we shortened the shootaround. »

The players confirm it. “I think the team is more focused, intense and angry”confided Danny Green after the shootaround. “We don’t want to disrespect our fans, but we didn’t want to come back to Wells Fargo for a Game 7”says Tobias Harris. “We wanted to end it. »

However, during the first period, the Raptors held against a much more aggressive James Harden. The 2018 MVP scored 10 points in the first quarter, including a dunk, and delivered five assists. He will finish with 22 points and 15 assists.

“These last two days, we put him in good conditions”confides Doc Rivers, always for the Inquirer. “We wanted him to break free, to attack constantly. »

Place now in Miami

Nevertheless, it is in the second half that everything will unlock for the Sixers. The Raptors are weighed down by their clumsiness outside (7/35 at 3-pts) and Philadelphia passes a big 17-0, which makes the difference. Toronto is drowned under the baskets of Tyrese Maxey, 15 points in this third act.

“We succeeded thanks to our defense: we made stops, we were able to run, play at our own pace”analyzes Tobias Harris. “Tyrese was huge too, in that third quarter. We surfed on this dynamic. That’s how we want to play and how we can play for the second round. »

After two missed match points, this second round is finally a reality. It will be against Miami, the best team in the East this season. In the meantime, Doc Rivers could congratulate himself on this certainly difficult but acquired qualification. Moreover, as he did with his previous failures, he wanted to recall the context of this series.

“I told the players it was our most serious game of the season. There was no mess. The intentions were there and it is a lesson to be learned”, he rejoices. “Afterwards, before the start of the series, did anyone imagine that we were going to win it 4-0? Our players are realistic about their level. We won and now we’re going to Miami. »

Shots Bounces
Players GM Minimum Shots 3 points LF Off Def Early pd bp Int CT party Points
Joel Embiid 68 33.8 49.9 37.1 81.4 2.1 9.6 11.7 4.2 3.1 1.1 1.5 2.7 30.6
James Harden 21 37.7 40.2 32.6 89.2 0.6 6.5 7.1 10.5 3.4 1.2 0.2 2.3 21.0
Tyrese Maxey 75 35.3 48.5 42.7 86.6 0.3 2.9 3.2 4.3 1.2 0.7 0.4 2.1 17.5
Tobias Harris 73 34.8 48.2 36.7 84.2 1.1 5.7 6.8 3.5 1.6 0.6 0.6 2.2 17.2
Seth Curry 45 34.8 48.5 40.0 87.7 0.4 3.0 3.4 4.0 1.9 0.8 0.2 2.2 15.0
George Niang 76 22.8 43.7 40.3 88.1 0.3 2.3 2.7 1.3 0.8 0.4 0.2 2.5 9.2
Shake Milton 55 21.4 42.9 32.3 83.6 0.5 2.0 2.6 2.5 0.8 0.5 0.3 1.8 8.2
Furkan Korkmaz 67 21.1 38.7 28.9 81.0 0.3 2.3 2.6 1.9 0.7 0.5 0.1 0.9 7.6
Andre Drummond 49 18.4 53.8 0.0 51.2 2.8 6.1 8.8 2.0 1.6 1.1 0.9 2.5 6.1
Danny Green 62 21.8 39.4 38.0 78.6 0.5 2.0 2.5 1.0 0.7 1.0 0.6 1.7 5.9
Matisse Thybulle 66 25.5 50.0 31.2 79.1 0.6 1.7 2.3 1.1 0.6 1.7 1.1 2.4 5.7
Deandre Jordan 16 13.4 59.3 0.0 71.4 2.0 3.8 5.8 0.5 1.0 0.1 0.6 1.3 4.6
Paul Millsap 9 11.7 43.3 25.0 71.4 1.3 1.4 2.8 0.6 0.9 0.6 0.2 2.1 3.7
Tyler Johnson 3 12.7 40.0 42.9 0.0 0.3 1.7 2.0 0.7 0.3 0.3 0.3 1.3 3.7
isaiah joe 55 11.1 35.0 33.3 93.5 0.1 0.9 1.0 0.6 0.3 0.3 0.1 0.9 3.6
Paul Reed, Jr. 38 8.0 56.2 25.0 42.9 1.2 1.3 2.4 0.4 0.3 0.9 0.4 1.5 3.1
Charles Bassey 23 7.3 63.8 0.0 75.0 1.0 1.7 2.7 0.3 0.3 0.2 0.7 1.4 3.0
Charlie Brown 19 8.5 26.5 11.1 90.0 0.7 0.9 1.6 0.3 0.3 0.4 0.2 0.8 1.5
Myles Powell 11 4.7 29.4 16.7 100.0 0.1 0.5 0.5 0.3 0.3 0.1 0.0 0.7 1.2
Jaden Springer 2 2.8 100.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.5 1.0 0.0 0.5 0.0 1.0 0.0 1.0
Braxton Key 2 3.2 50.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.5 1.0 0.5 1.0 0.5 0.0 0.5 1.0
Aaron Henry 6 2.8 20.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.2 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.3 0.3
Willie Cauley-stein 2 2.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.0 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.0