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Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris further detail defense against Trae Young

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In Game 1, young star Trae Young was able to get to wherever he wanted on the floor and he made things look easy.

All in all, Young finished with 21 points on 6-for-16 shooting, 1-for-7 from deep, and he had 11 assists as the Sixers came away with a win in Game 2.

“I’m trying to do the best I can with limited movement and all to try to be a better presence around the rim,” Embiid explained. “Obviously, not being 100% doesn’t help, but I just wanted to be big, especially playing against the pick-and-roll defense. It’s tough because if I come up, they throw the lob, if I stay back, he goes to the floater.”

The Sixers needed to do a better job of attacking Young off the screens and forcing him to see different coverages. The Hawks are a quicker team, but the Sixers were able to bother them a bit in Game 2.

“I thought we did a better job as a team as far as pursuing whoever was coming off the pick,” Embiid added.

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