Joel Embiid, Sixers discuss lessons learned from blowout loss to Nets

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CAMDEN, N.J.–The Philadelphia 76ers got back to work on Saturday as they look to move on from a bad blowout loss to the Brooklyn Nets at home on Thursday. The Sixers just did not show up from the beginning as they were down 40-23 after the first quarter and they could not recover from the tough start against a quality opponent.

James Harden shot just 3-for-17, Joel Embiid was 5-for-17, Tyrese Maxey only had four points, and Philadelphia couldn’t get it going. The game did feature a lot of theatrics in the form of Ben Simmons’ return, but that shouldn’t have been an excuse for the Sixers to have such a poor performance.

On Philadelphia’s side, the energy the crowd provided should have been enough to give them a boost. However, it was obvious that the game meant more to the Nets from the jump and that’s a lesson that Philadelphia will have to learn.

As the team got back to work at practice on Saturday, the Sixers discussed the lessons they can learn from a pretty bad loss to the Nets.

Joel Embiid

“We weren’t prepared. Offensively and defensively. We were really bad defensively just covering our matchups, guarding our home, and as a group, we didn’t do a good job and, obviously, offensively, just a bad shooting night overall and we didn’t move the ball.”

Doc Rivers

“Nothing changed from what I said. The game had more meaning for them than us. You can see it in the way it was played. They played with a purpose. So it was a good lesson for us. It was good. You’re gonna have those. That’s all.”

“The game should each a lot. You got to be mentally aware and understanding of the situation of the games that you play in. I thought Brooklyn came in with a complete purpose. They were tied together and we kinda show it up and they took us. They did everything that you can possibly do tougher, more meaningful, better execution, better purpose. You can’t get it back.”

Georges Niang

“It’s not going to be easy. For anybody that thought it was going to be easy for us moving forward, that’s not the case. We’re just gonna continue to work continue to grow in the areas that we need to work on and I think that was the biggest thing for us as you think back to those feelings of getting popped and not playing well at home and how that felt and try to transition that forward to never having that feeling again, moving forward, but obviously, there’s work to be done. There’s things that we need to work on. There’s things that we need to continue to grow at and I think we realize that.”

Tyrese Maxey

“Being prepared for a moment like that. They came in with a purpose. I think our purpose and our approach wasn’t as meaningful as theirs and I think you got to up that for the next level.”

“At the end of the day, we didn’t want to go out like that. I know our guys. We have a competitive group and we don’t like to lose in those circumstances, but it happened and we got to move on from it and be prepared for the next moment.”

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