Doc Rivers happy with Seth Curry, Sixers’ execution in win over Hawks

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The Philadelphia 76ers have been struggling to really get into an offensive rhythm in recent games. They are a team that relies heavily on pace and ball movement in order to get into their sets quickly and take advantage of guys like Joel Embiid and Seth Curry in order to win games.

On Friday, they only had 98 points, but it was enough to knock off the Atlanta Hawks in a big road win. Embiid had 28 and 12 while knocking down the go-ahead bucket with 42.8 ticks left and the Sixers then buckled down to get stops.

Along with Embiid’s big night, Curry had 18 points on 7-for-14 shooting and he also knocked down two triples. He drilled a big one late in the fourth on an after timeout play that allowed him to get open off a screen and he drilled it with Philadelphia down 96-91. That was a big shot in order for the Sixers to come back and rally.

“The whole key to that was Seth had to get open,” said coach Doc Rivers. “Like, he had to get open because they were trying to deny him and once the dribble handoff come—Danny (Green) set a great back pick. That’s with Gal (Danilo Gallinari). Gal’s not gonna switch, right? So now Trae Young had to stay on Seth and that got Seth open and Joel set a great pick as well.”

Execution like that was something that was missing in Wednesday’s loss to the Boston Celtics where the team botched the play to go for the win. The Sixers could not get into any type of rhythm on that final play and it hurt them.

Philadelphia also had a tough time in the second quarter where they shot only 25% from the floor, 1-for-7 from deep, and only scored 13 points. They also allowed the Hawks to score 30 as it was the type of uneven performance that the Sixers have been dealing with recently.

“It was awful and sluggish,” laughed Rivers. “This is what drives coaches—just the first eight minutes of basketball, the way we moved the ball was unbelievable. Then we got away from it. It’s a mystery how it can happen. The team sitting on the bench is actually watching it happen, the good stuff, and then they come in and then the opposite. The ball stopped and we got stuck. Then we literally had to get unstuck and I thought we did that.”

The Sixers now must take this type of effort and carry it with them when they take on the Charlotte Hornets for two straight games to end this road trip starting on Monday.

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