Now the Sixers are more ready to win thanks to their honesty and composure


When the Sixers fell to 0-3 this season with a loss at home to the Spurs, head coach Doc Rivers said the team “wasn’t ready to win yet.”


As pointed out PJ Tucker sent a high mail in the locker room About undistributed victories in the NBA.

The Sixers’ season complexion has changed nicely in the two months since that night. They’ve won five straight games at Wells Fargo Center and are going 17-12 Monday overtime victory over the Raptors.

“That’s a game we lost earlier in the year, because we weren’t ready. … But we just hung in there enough. James (Harden) said it was great afterwards: He said, ‘We just have a winning attitude’ and we won the game.”

A few nights after that defeat against San Antonio, the Sixers hit another low point, Dropped to 1-4 in Toronto. The Raptors’ offense has often been unruffled and the Sixers’ transitional defense has been woeful.

It didn’t make sense to ignore the obvious problems or pretend the Sixers were one or two minor tweaks away from an acceptable standard.

“I think this group is very honest with each other – what we need from some of the players… and what we need as a team to be successful,” said George Niang on Sunday. “Obviously losing in Toronto wasn’t a great feeling, but you have to go through things like that to get to the top in the end. And I think we had multiple conversations and multiple practices where I don’t want to say the guys were called, but (we) addressed what we needed Everyone is going to be successful, and I think we’re kind of hitting our stride with that now.”

An honest review of Monday’s win will cover the Sixers’ struggles to score in the second half and a disappointing final minute of regulation that included three players missed by Joel Embiid.

But not every victory has to be a masterpiece.

“Even when it’s ugly, it still counts,” said Embiid, who scored 28 points on 6-for-16 shooting and 11 rebounds. “We were up a lot all night and they made runs at the end of the third and the start of the fourth. But we fought back. That’s what we’ve been working on – to keep calm and keep playing.

“We know the teams are going to run. The last game against Golden State, it came out hot. We didn’t get crazy. We stayed grounded and knew what we had to do.” Come back and win the game. And tonight, even though we were up most of the night, when they took the lead, we did a great job.”

In overtime, the Sixers faced another challenge in the composure department. The team thought it had a 107-101 lead thanks to Tobias Harris’ second straight three-pointer, but the officials revised the play, called Tucker an offensive foul, and made it a one-possession game again.

Even with that shot erased, Harris scored 21 points and made 5 of 7 assists. He’s on a career best 42.0 percent from long distances. In the threes that you pick up and catch, He hit 41.6 percent and increased his total to 4.8 tries per game.

“It’s just staying prepared,” Harris said of his outlook. “And I know if you kicked me out there a couple of years ago, I couldn’t move forward. It wasn’t a mentality for me to just pick up and shoot really fast. … At first it was hard, but now I’ve changed my mindset about it and said, ‘Well, then That was the case and situation, so how can you be the best at it?”

“That’s always my style after every game – just finding ways to improve. For me, it’s just the development and growth of myself and my game.”

Harris’ attitude has been typical since the Sixers traded last year for Harden And his ideal offensive role has changed dramatically. However, he is not naturally a confrontational and snarling character; Harris prefers to go with the flow.

Tucker doesn’t hesitate to say anything he feels necessary, which is one of the many “intangibles” that led to the Sixers signing him this summer. His unyielding defensive style and determination to force the Stars into difficult shots was another important part of Tucker’s appeal. Great players tend to produce against whoever is in front of them, but Tucker’s tenacity still seems like it can frustrate and tire the best player in the NBA. Pascal Siakam was phenomenal with 38 points, 15 rebounds, and six assists, but he went scoreless in overtime.

Siakam shot 5-for-14 from the floor (0 for 3 from three-point range) with one assist and four turnovers when Tucker was the primary defender on him, per

“I thought a crease all night was great defensively,” Harris said.

It wouldn’t be accurate (or appropriate) to spin Monday’s show as a giant, hugely encouraging move for the Sixers. They were sluggish and ineffective when the Raptors first played zone defense, blew another double-double lead, and eventually outlasted a team that has now lost six straight games.

Despite this, the Sixers continue to win, and it’s important that their stars like a lot of core operations outside of the X and O.

“We’re getting better at our communication,” Hardin said. “We’re getting better game by game. (No matter) who we play, it’s always about us. As long as we can communicate and know what we’re trying to achieve on both ends of the ball… And tonight was a great example of that.”

The Sixers will lose again at some point, though now being 7-0 home doesn’t seem strange at all. Presses 8-24 will pick up next Wednesday night, followed by Clippers on Friday.

Whether they’re entering the Christmas lights at Madison Square Garden in a seven-game series, the Sixers have already worked to become more ready to win.

“I think the most important thing is, ‘Do you want to keep losing in the same way, or do you really want to tell the truth about what’s going on?'” “I think this team has trained seasoned vets when you talk about James, Joel, who get paid, get accolades, and I think winning is at the forefront of their minds,” Niang said.

And this is how they enter and attack every day. … So I think there’s no real point where it’s like, “What’s too much?” I think everyone knows how to act civilly. But you have to ask a lot of people to win a championship in this league. No team has ever won a championship and said, “Oh, that was easy.”







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