The Mask and the Beard, the masterpieces of Doc Rivers

At +14 and +16 through the first two games of this Eastern Conference semifinal, the Heat had done the job perfectly at home. But moving to Philly left the Florida ranks disenchanted, losing twice, including a one-sided Game 3, which ended at +20.

This change of course is due in large part to the return of Joel Embiid, but also to the rebirth of James Harden, especially in Game 4, with 31 points, including 16 points in the fourth quarter alone.

“It’s James who is James, just. I felt like I was going to have a great game. He felt himself.” Doc Rivers reacted.

With 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists, but 7 lost shots and a small 4/11 shooting, James Harden was generally below the level fans and observers really expected him to be. However, his skill with the stick continued to be a major argument for the Sixers.

“Obviously we like his points,” Doc Rivers said after the third game. “But what James really brings to us is his ability to organize us. He puts us in the right positions. He gives the ball to good players. He is very important, especially in the playoffs. »

The Sixers still have it up their sleeve.

But, last night, James Harden finally regained all of his former glory. Leading an 8-0 that will fire up Philly in the fourth quarter, “The Beard” finally managed to play a complete game, with 31 points (8/18 including 6/10 on 3-pointers) therefore, but also 9 assists and 7 rebounds. (but still 6 stray bullets).

“Joel needed a break and with the group we had we caused fouls and increased the lead. When Joel came back into play with 7 minutes and 30 left, we were already on the penalty spot. It was huge for us! », Doc Rivers is satisfied. “After that, with every contact, they foul and we go to the line to return our shots. It was super important. »

Now back to back, the Sixers and Heat will fly back to South Beach. But this time, in addition to a cleanup Joel Embiid, Philadelphia will have a confident James Harden.

“I don’t think we played our best basketball”Joel Embiid advances in this direction.

With their “beard” and “mask,” the Sixers hope to make a big splash in Game 5. All it takes is a small road win to regain the series lead. And potentially double the case in Game 6 in Philly!

“Joel will be able to play this time”Doc Rivers smiled after the game. “We haven’t seen the best of Joel yet in this series. He’s still trying to figure out how to deal with this mask slipping over his face. »

Shots bounces
players GM Minimum Shots 3 points LF Off Def Soon P.S bp in you Connecticut party Points
Joel Embid 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 twenty-one 37.7 40.2 32.6 89.2 0.6 6.5 7.1 10.5 3.4 1.2 0.2 23 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 Four. Five 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 23 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 23 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 31.3 79.1 0.6 1.7 23 1.1 0.6 1.7 1.1 2.4 5.7
Deandre Jordan sixteen 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 56.3 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
CharlieBrown 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
mylespowell eleven 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 jumper two 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 two 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 Cauleystein two 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

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