Philly’s defense slipped, Doc Rivers’ bench-heavy lineups failed late in the third and early in the fourth, Embiid and Curry were the only Sixers to hit a shot in the second half, and the team completely failed to execute offensively in a game that should have been impossible to lose. 0 field goal attempts from Simmons in the fourth quarters of Game 4 and Game 5 will not cut it whatsoever. The offense can’t stray too far from Embiid’s dominance in the post, which happened too often for most of the second half of Game 5.
“We’ll get back up,” Rivers said after the game. “We’ll be back here for Game 7, I believe that. This is part of sports. You know, you have some awful moments in it. There is no guaranteed path to getting to your goal. We have made this hard on ourselves.
“We have to own up to that, all of us, and then we have to get up and be ready for the next game.