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Sixers explain what went right in defending Hawks star Trae Young

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The Philadelphia 76ers knew the adjustments they needed to make heading into Game 2 of their second-round series with the Atlanta Hawks. “In Game 1, he was just going downhill so quickly that we decided to switch on the double-drag the first guy, not the second guy. I thought that has some impact.”

Just as they did with Bradley Beal in the first round, the Sixers mixed their coverages against Young. “You can’t show him the same look throughout the game or he’s gonna adjust to it so we just mixed up our coverages and did different things and did a good job of just playing a little bit harder and being more disciplined with what we tried to do last game where we didn’t accomplish.”

Another thing Philadelphia did was hunt Young a bit on the other end. “We thought in Game 1, it was just too easy for him. Everything was just the way that he wanted it offensively, and then on the defensive end, we didn’t really make him do too much out there. Putting him in actions, getting him in some rotations was definitely key for us.”

The Sixers must prepare to make more adjustments as the series shifts to Atlanta for Game 3 on Friday.

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