A first half beset by missed shots at point-blank range and sloppy defensive rotations behind toothless double-teams revealed a squad that had – for the third straight game – yet to figure out how to contend with Embiid’s dominance and Young’s vulnerabilities.
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And it was worse than that: Young, who wrecked the New York Knicks in the first round and continued his exploits in the Hawks’ Game 1 win in Philadelphia, was coping with a right shoulder injury.
“I got hit last game, and it’s been kind of sore,” Young said following the Monday’s victory. After being shut out in the first quarter, Young notched his first two field goals of the game not as a primary ball handler but by working off the ball from the weak side.