“We had more focus and we were aggressive. The last couple games, we have been kind of stagnant and we couldn’t hit any shots but this time everything started with our defense,” Bogdabnovic said. Embiid has missed five games now and Thybulle has sat six games, which has corresponded to a significant dip in defensive efficiency. In his first game back after four seasons with Utah, Georges Niang, who had seven points, received applause when he entered the game midway through the first quarter and was honored with a video tribute during a timeout.
“If everybody’s running and that generates a good look early in the clock, those are shots we want to take. I think we got a good chance of making them clean and early, even if it’s with 18 on the clock as opposed to 12. Sometimes if we pass up that shot, we may not get a better one in the possession,” Snyder said.