Takeaways from Sixers’ Victory Over Clippers
The Sixers would be back in action on Friday night, taking on Doc Rivers' former team, the LA Clippers. After bursting out to a big league in the opening minutes, the Sixers would allow the Clippers to slowly work their way back.
In the end, the Sixers would walk away with the victory, winning by a final score of 106-103. Here are some takeaways from the nail-biting win.
Ben Simmons looking like himself again
There is no denying that Ben Simmons has been in a bit of a funk in recent weeks. Between a dip in his numbers and turnover issues, the All-Star has not been looking like himself.
That being said, in the team's recent stretch he has begun to look like himself again. Simmons has been more assertive on the offensive end and is playing with confidence again.
He would do it all for the Sixers in their win over the Clippers. Tallying 12 points, nine rebounds, six assists, two steals, and two blocks. Simmons would knock down five of his nine shots attempts, and get to the free-throw line five times.
As the regular season winds down and we get ready for the postseason, it is a good sign Simmons is looking more like himself with each passing game.
Supporting cast providing a lift
The Sixers would be without three key players in this matchup, as Seth Curry, Tobias Harris, and Dwight Howard would all be out. With multiple players sitting, the team would have to rely more on some of the role players.
While the bench guys have had their struggles this season, they would step up when needed in this game. Including hitting multiple key shots to help seal this victory.
Tyrese Maxey, Shake Milton, and Furkan Korkmaz would all provide a nice lift in this win. Maxey would get some extended minutes in this one and would make the most of them. He would score nine points and dish three assists in his 15 minutes of action.
Milton struggled for most of this game but would hit a crucial shot down the stretch. He would only hit three of his seven shots, but one would be a corner three in the closing minutes to keep the Clippers at bay.
Korkmaz would get the start on Friday and would continue his recent hot streak. He would be the team's second-leading scorer with 18 points, including a crucial and-one layup in the final possessions to secure the victory.
For a second unit that has seen its fair share of criticism, they would come up big in this game.
Embiid's continued dominance
Since returning from injury, Joel Embiid has been on a dominant tear. After Friday's win, he now has three straight games of 35 points. Embiid has been almost unstoppable this year, and Friday would be no different.
The Clippers would go small for large portions of this game, and Embiid would make them pay. When all was said and done, he would have 36 points and 14 rebounds.
Even when the Clippers would send double-teams to Embiid, he would still manage to score. Their lack of size also forced them to play more physically, which resulted in Embiid going to the free-throw line more times than the Clippers did as a team.
Embiid has been one of the league's most dominant players this season without debate. This string of dominant showings has made it clear he is ready to elevate his game for the playoffs.
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