After a disappointing home loss in Game 1, the Philadelphia 76ers need to make those three improvements for Game 2 against the Atlanta Hawks.
With Joel Embiid’s (knee) status up in the air, the Atlanta Hawks likely saw the opener of their second-round series against the Philadelphia 76ers as winnable. Embiid played, but the Hawks still won Game 1 128-124.
Led by Trae Young’s 25 points and seven assists in the first half, Atlanta led by 20 at halftime in Sunday’s game. Young finished the game with 35 points, as the 76ers rally fell short.
Quite simply, Philadelphia must find solutions for Game 2 on Tuesday night. Leaving the house 0-2 is just not an option if they are to avoid an upheaval. Keeping Young under control in the second half of Game 1 is a good place to start, but the first half created a mountain they couldn’t climb.
For Game 2, the 76ers need to make all three of these upgrades.
3. 76ers need to improve their 3-point shot
The 76ers finished 26th in 3-point attempts during the regular season (30.1 per game), while converting to the 11th best rate in the league (37.4 percent). In Game 1, they went to 10 for 29 (34.5%), with everyone not named Seth Curry combining to go 5 for 20.
Philadelphia shouldn’t start shooting beyond the arc with a reckless abandonment in an effort to follow (or get ahead of) Young and Company. It’s not their game, with Embiid and Ben Simmons as their top two players. Getting a better performance from Danny Green will come in handy in Game 2. More on him later.