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The Philadelphia 76ers will have to pick their poison with Trae Young



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The Hawks’ double-drag screen action with center Clint Capela and power forward John Collins screening high for Young is tailor-made for Young’s talents: the floater, the lobs, the ability to draw contact against off-balance defenders at the point of contact, and his capacity to fire up a jumper from any distance. “We probably thought of all of them.”

Rivers noted that there were multiple diagnoses for Young’s first-half explosion: Broadly speaking, the coverages weren’t well-conceived; the Sixers’ defensive rotations weren’t sharp after Young turned the corner or made the pass; Green struggled when Young rejected screens.

On the very next possession, when Embiid joined Simmons to trap Young at the same spot, Capela slipped to the foul line, where Young hit him.

A few minutes later, after Matisse Thybulle entered the game to serve as the primary defender on Young, Huerter was the beneficiary of Young’s playmaking out of a trap, catching a kickout pass to the weak side before draining an open 3-pointer.

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