A nail-biter in Atlanta doesn’t disappoint except for the final score. A game that started slow sure didn’t end that way as the Sixers and the Hawks battled in game 4. The Sixers had control most of the way but the Hawks continued to battle back time and again. The Sixers lead by as much as 18 at one point but the Hawks stuck around. Another night another Joel Embiid injury scare. As the big fella left the floor and went to the locker room in the first half. Leaving nothing on the floor the big man battled both pain and the many looks the Hawks threw at him.
Joel went 0 for 12 in the second half and we all know that is unlike Embiid, I worry that knee was really bothering him in that 2nd half. With Simmons 1 assist shy of a triple-double and a 20 point performance from Tobias Harris the other 2/3 of the Sixer’s big three did their part. With Joel unable to get in going later in the game the Sixers fell just short of putting this game away. If for nothing else this Hawks team has earned the respect of the 76ers. Even though the Sixers didn’t survive the nail-biter in Atlanta they can take away a few lessons from tonight’s game.
Back to Philly all tied up
Now the series returns to the Wells Fargo Center all tied up at 2 each. Joel Embiid can ill afford another half like the 2nd half of this game. The Sixers will hope to lean on their bench a bit more on Wednesday night. If Harris and Simmons repeat their game 4 performances and Embiid has just an average game the Sixers should have no problem handling business in game 5. For more Sixers articles check out the EOP website also check out the Pattison Ave Phanatics Show for more Sixers coverage.