By: Kylan Watson
The Philadelphia 76ers came into game five with all the momentum. They were to win two straight games on their home floor. As the series shifted to Miami all the pressure was on the Heat. They were able to answer the call as they burned the Sixers off the court 120-85. To take a three-to-two as the series shifts back to Philly on Thursday night.
The Heat jumped on the Sixers from the opening tip-off. They were able to use their defensive pressure to force Philly into some early turnovers which took them out of the game. Philly had no answers for the defensive pressure and they could not hit their shots tonight. They also did not play with enough effort to match the Heat who played like a team that needed to win this game. Jimmy Butler led them he scored 23-points. He got whatever he wanted against Philly, once again they had no answers for him defensively. He was also able to finally find his teammates and they hit their shots. Once that started to happen it was a done deal for Philly.
On what happened tonight, “Our energy wasn’t there from the start of the game. … Obviously they made a bunch of plays. That we really kind of couldn’t go back at,” said Sixers Power Forward Tobias Harris.
The Sixers continued to fight back despite the offensive barrage from the Heat. They just played too slow and with no effort tonight. Joel Embiid led them he scored 17-points. However, he got no help tonight from his teammates. Philly had no energy tonight and as the series shifts back to Philly they will need to find a way to get more scoring from somebody not named Joel Embiid. They need to hit their shots when they are wide open or they will have no shot against Miami if they are on fire like they were tonight.
On what the team that didn’t do that needs to change for game six, “We didn’t play defense, we weren’t physical enough… we weren’t locked in,” said Sixers Center Joel Embiid.
Heading into game six Philly will need to get more balanced scoring from their players. Additionally they will need to limit their turnovers which they struggled with tonight, and be more connected defensively to the Heat shooters. If the Sixers want to win game six on Thursday and force a game seven in Miami on Saturday night.