The Sixers committed 26 turnovers, which turned out to be an eyesore due to the fact they did so many things well. “We were getting pressured, and we didn’t handle it well, to be honest. I’m not just at the 26 turnovers, I have to tell you that. I thought their pressure bothered us in the first half, and I thought they played in our airspace. It was good to see the second half where we handled it better, and we slowed down.”
The Sixers had a big third quarter outscoring Indiana 33-24 and they rallied from a 17-point deficit to take the lead heading into the fourth.
“You don’t speed up with pressure, you actually slow down versus pressure. I thought the first half, we were trying to beat the pressure by going faster, but in the second half we allowed them to pressure us, and we took our time, and then we got every shot we wanted,” Rivers added. “So you can look at that two ways. One, Holy God, and then wow, we still won. There’s some good about that as well that we fought through the struggle. One of the things I told this team from looking at them from afar, is when things didn’t go well, they lost their spirit, and things didn’t go well for us in the first half. I thought their pressure took us out of the game, and to come back in that third quarter and play like that is a great sign for our team.”
Philadelphia will turn its attention to the Washington Wizards on Wednesday to open the season.