The execution was horrible
The Toronto Raptors came into Philly and took home a 93-88 win. Pascal Siakam and Precious Achiuwa led the way for the Raptors, while Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey were the best individuals for the Sixers. After demonstrating textbook offense in the first quarter in which they scored 37 points, the Sixers scored 51 points for the remainder of the game, which is a perfect example of the struggles they got themselves into afterward.
The Raptors were able to capitalize on that, and after the game, the Sixers head coach Doc Rivers said the execution was horrible by the entire squad.
"Just stagnant, no hall movement, ran nothing the entire night, no posts, no rolls, no drives, you know the first quarter I think all but two of our points were from driving to the paint, from that point on we just stood out on the perimeter, didn't move the ball, didn't do much, didn't execute anything even out of timeouts, we just had a very poor executing night offensively, you know it's funny they had all these offensive rebounds and scored all these points and yet they only had 93 points, we have to be better offensively, tonight we were night."
Doc emphasized how the lack of ball movement and the overall idea of how to move on offense was why they lost the game. Defensively they did a decent job, but the offense was a tremendous problem for the Sixers.
"No, I just didn't think we had the right approach, don't know why but we didn't tonight, everyone just stood around and watched each other play, that's not how we've been playing so, it's funny you feel like you're getting it and then you have one of these, you don't overdo it, but we did not play with any urgency tonight at all, offensively or defensively and we still held them to 93 points."
It was a scrappy game
James Harden shared similar thoughts as Doc as for the main reason for the dreadful performance of him and his teammates. He thinks the Sixers initially played well; however, soon, things started turning around in favor of the Raptors, who took control of the game and didn't let the Sixers bounce back even though they had their opportunities.
"We started off very good on both ends of the ball, rebounding the basketball, I guess just our tempo, our pace slowed down, we didn’t really rebound the basketball at a good enough level like we needed to especially after that first quarter and it was just a hard, scrappy game, which we knew that was coming in, we didn’t make shots but we still gave ourselves a chance to win and we had plenty of opportunities."
The Sixers will play the Miami Heat today, which is a back-to-back where Joel Embiid and James Harden might sit out. This was one of the least efficient games the Sixers had all season long, in which things after the first quarter weren't clicking for them on both ends of the floor. Hopefully, this is not alarming but yet again, just a small slump that all the great teams experience at one point during the season.