PHILADELPHIA – Recreation 1 of their first-round playoff collection is in the books with the Nets already having stolen residence-courtroom benefit from the 76ers. Now, the chess match begins in Recreation 2 Monday night time at Wells Fargo Middle, and Sixers coach Brett Brown understands he has changes to make as a result of his staff had hassle with the Nets’ tempo and really hasn’t contained guards D’Angelo Russell, Spencer Dinwiddie and Caris LeVert all season.
The Nets’ protection was sharp in Recreation 1, forcing the 76ers right into a three-for-25 efficiency from three-point vary and particularly shutting down outdoors shooters Tobias Harris, JJ Redick and Mike Scott, who mixed for 12 factors on 5-for-22 capturing, including 2-for-14 from three-point vary.
“Whenever you take a look at the starting 5, Ben [Simmons with nine points] had a down recreation, JJ had a down recreation, Tobias had a down recreation,” Brown stated. “For those who go straight to the three-point capturing, we have been 3 of 25. We have been only 69 % from the free-throw line. We missed a bunch of photographs, we had three starters down and our bench was outscored heavily by their bench, 59-26. I give Brooklyn credit score greater than I do something, but we now have to get higher and discover a strategy to change some things to win.”
Brown isn’t the only one who will modify. Although they gained, Nets coach Kenny Atkinson stated there are areas the place the Nets can enhance. As an example, it wasn’t part of the sport plan to let Jimmy Butler score 36 factors. They need to proceed to make things robust on middle Joel Embiid and his sore left knee and try to keep away from the foul hassle he creates.
“We will make some modifications, too,” Atkinson stated. “We’re not considering, ‘OK, we gained the game. Let’s stay one hundred pc with what we did.’ I feel we’ve to be forward of the game somewhat bit and figure what we will do better.”
Foul hassle is a serious concern for Atkinson, who was capable of play middle Jarrett Allen for little more than 9 minutes because of fouls. “We need to play with physicality,” Atkinson stated. “With younger teams, this occurs. You’re younger, you’re raring to go and we’re emphasizing physicality. [But] that’s physicality with discipline and understanding. Eliminate the foolish [fouls].”
On probably the most primary degree, the most important change the Sixers could make aside from capturing better is guarding Russell, Dinwiddie and LeVert better. The Nets have been especially efficient in transition offense, and once they play out of the half-courtroom set, they excel on the decide-and-roll, and all three guards have proven they will get to the rim towards the Sixers.
“I simply assume we’ve got to guard higher,” stated Butler, who is the Sixers’ greatest defender aside from the shot-blocking talent of Embiid. “You’ve received to…