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NBA playoffs: 76ers, Doc Rivers plagued by familiar problems in loss to upstart Hawks

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Under former head coach Brett Brown, the Sixers lead the league in turnovers during the 2017-18 season with 16.5 per game.

  • In Game 1, they had 19 turnovers compared to 15 for Atlanta and the Hawks ended up winning by four, 128-124
  • In Game 4, the Sixers had three times as many turnovers as Atlanta and Philadelphia lost that game by three
  • In Game 5, the Hawks won the turnover battle 15-11 and won the contest by three
  • Finally, in Game 7, the Sixers committed 17 turnovers, while the Hawks committed just 10, and Atlanta won the game by seven

All four of Philadelphia’s losses in the series were by single-digits, and turnovers could be pointed to as a major factor in each loss.

In the last three games of the series against Atlanta, Embiid had 21 total turnovers, many of which came at extremely inopportune times – like this one that came with the Sixers trailing by four with under a minute remaining in Game 7:

Embiid carries a large load on the offensive end for Philadelphia, and he deserves credit for playing through a torn meniscus this postseason. The Sixers’ loss in Game 7 to Atlanta was Rivers’ fourth straight loss in a Game 7, which is tied for the longest streak in NBA history.

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