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Playoffs: First Round Game 2 : (8) Washington Wizards @ (1) Philadelphia 76ers l Wednesday 5/26 l 7:00pm l NBCSP/NBATV

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Playoffs: First Round Game 2 : (8) Washington Wizards @ (1) Philadelphia 76ers l Wednesday 5/26 l 7:00pm l NBCSP/NBATV 

Post#1 » by Sixerscan » Wed May 26, 2021 7:49 pm

Tonight the Sixers look to take their first 2-0 series lead since [answer in spoilers at the end]

As we suspected heading into the series, and as Game 1 showed, the Sixers are the better team, but the Wizards can certainly hang with the Sixers if they come out ready to fight, the Sixers are not sharp, and maybe something weird happens.

In Game 1, that weirdness was Embiid having the sort of first half foul trouble we rarely see from him (really, his ability to avoid foul trouble without sacrificing his two way dominance is one of the more underrated parts of his game). The Sixers were able to hold off the Wizards in the first half via a great Tobias Harris scoring burst, with the starters following that up by landing the first real punch of the series with a brilliant run in the third quarter, then holding on to the lead in the 4th.

Turning to Game 2, we'll see if the Wizards have come up with any wrinkles to stop Embiid, how Tobias follows up the best playoff game of his career, how Simmons follows up the most extremely Ben Simmons game of all time, and if any bench players will step up. The Wizards will likely try to get Westbrook going, we could also see some sort of starting lineup or rotation change away from playing 3 guards so much.

I imagine the Sixers game plan will be to stick with what worked in the first game, with Embiid ideally playing more than 10 minutes in the first half this time. The big rotation thing to look out for is probably if Maxey gets minutes over Furkan or maybe even Shake. Could easily see an adjustment during the game if the Wizards figured something out though.

Go Sixers!

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2003 first round against the Hornets!

Couldn't find a good clip of game 2 so here is Iverson dropping 55 in game 1
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Post#2 » by Eyeamok » Wed May 26, 2021 8:11 pm

Nice write up. Go sixers.
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Post#3 » by Kobblehead » Wed May 26, 2021 8:30 pm

Brooks is like "how did we let Tobias Harris torch us?"
River is like "how did we let Bradley Beal torch us?"

Guessing both coaches try to keep those psuedo-allstars from repeating star level performances.
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Post#5 » by BullyKing » Wed May 26, 2021 10:43 pm

I would prefer the basketball team from Philadelphia to emerge victorious in tonight's battle

Given the usual comments in game threads, I understand this may be a minority opinion.
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Post#6 » by ExplosionsInDaSky » Wed May 26, 2021 10:58 pm

First 2-0 series lead since? Now look...I'm going to be totally honest about my answer. No google, no clicking on spoiler...I'm just going to take an honest stab at it. Was it the 90-91 season when Barkley was still here? I'm most certainly wrong, but that is my guess. I know we made the playoffs that year. Can't remember who we played....I want to say Milwaukee.
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Post#7 » by Murray_17 » Wed May 26, 2021 11:10 pm

Lol, the wizards still putting the 3 guards line up out there.

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Post#9 » by Mik317 » Wed May 26, 2021 11:16 pm

Jo needs to get his big ass in the paint
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Post#10 » by Sixersftw » Wed May 26, 2021 11:17 pm

Ben going pure Dirty work. love it.
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Post#12 » by Stanford » Wed May 26, 2021 11:18 pm

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Post#13 » by Stanford » Wed May 26, 2021 11:19 pm

Mik317 wrote:Jo needs to get his big ass in the paint


Yep. Especially since his shot looks off.
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Post#14 » by Sixersftw » Wed May 26, 2021 11:19 pm

Ben is out here
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Post#15 » by Kobblehead » Wed May 26, 2021 11:19 pm

Damn, whatever happened to Bonga? Why'd he go backwards this year?
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Post#16 » by phillynative » Wed May 26, 2021 11:20 pm

Mik317 wrote:Jo needs to get his big ass in the paint

It would be nice if he defended it as well. Ben cannot defend everyone at once.
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Post#17 » by Stanford » Wed May 26, 2021 11:20 pm

Beal can't take Ben.
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Post#18 » by Stanford » Wed May 26, 2021 11:23 pm

Is papa johns any good?
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Post#19 » by Kobblehead » Wed May 26, 2021 11:23 pm

I wish Ben would stop picking up his dribble inside the paint and turning around to pass it out.
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Post#20 » by Kobblehead » Wed May 26, 2021 11:24 pm

Stanford wrote:Is papa johns any good?

It's Jah Okafor's pick and roll defense, in pizza form.

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