2-1 Philly. After the big disillusion at Wells Fargo Center which witnessed Atlanta take the first game in their semifinals of conference against Philadelphia, the Sixers are logically leading the debates. But nothing was simple for the team that ended up first seed in the East in the regular season. The victory of last night against Atlanta (127-111) is more than welcome.
Hit by surprise during game one and led 0-1 against a team that kicked out the Knicks 4-1 the round before, Philadelphia of Cameroonian center Joel Embiid won the two games that followed and thus find themselves in a comfortable situation before the fourth game in Atlanta. Last night, the 28 points of point guard Trae Young were not enough for the Hawks.
Instead, the 76ers collectively made the difference with six players hitting more than 10 points. Embiid, less prolific than usual but still precious, finished the game with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Ben Simmons added up 18 points and 7 assists, and Tobias Harris (22 points) achieved a serious game. All of this was accomplished in spite of losing Danny Green after barely four minutes, and the Sixers win this game away to lead 2-1 in the series.
In the other games, the Brooklyn Nets of Kevin Durant are leading 2-1 against Milwaukee of Greek Nigerian Giannis Antetokounmpo, but they were defeated in the last game (83-86) in Wisconsin.
In the West, Utah Jazz is leading 2-0 against the Los Angeles Clippers who suffered to eliminate the Dallas Mavericks in the previous round (4-3 and a game seven finally won in LA). The Phoenix Suns of Chris Paul are comfortably running their series against Denver (3-0) after their third win last night in Colorado (116-102). The MVP of the regular season Nikola Jokic can be off starting next week. A possible sweep for the Suns?