After three games of their second-round battle against top-seeded Miami Heat, the Philadelphia 76ers finally managed to win.
Without Joel Embiid in Games 1 and 2 on the road, the Sixers let the Heat drain shots at a high rate. While the Sixers got an open look from the field, successful field goal attempts in Miami were hard to come by.
Veteran 76er striker Danny Green was among those who struggled outside the arc in their first two games. Judging from the series’ strong performance in the first round against the Toronto Raptors, it looked like Green would be a major contributor to Philadelphia’s playoff round again this season.
However, his first two performances against the Heat were not entirely inspiring.
In Game 1, Green scored in the match for 26 minutes. During that time, he fired six shots, five of which came from depth. Green only shot two of his shots for five as the Sixers lost 14 points to open the series.
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When Game 2 rolls around, the veteran wasn’t shy. Taking ten shots off the field, nine of them coming from outside the arc, Green missed all but one of his shots in a blast loss against Miami.
Despite his struggles in the series’ first two games, Green withheld the criticism and focused on bouncing back hard last Friday night. Once again, the three-time champion was shooting as he pleased. Except this time, he was doing it successfully.
“It felt good to be able to help my team and do my job,” said Green, who scored 21 points from nine shots, all of which came from depth.
Although Green had a crucial rebounding performance in a pivotal match against the Miami Heat, the veteran saw no reason to celebrate on Friday night.
“I am not satisfied in any way, shape, or form,” Green continued. “We don’t take any deep breaths or exhales. We know we have to win another game, so we have to stay closed and focused, take it one game at a time. Hopefully we can keep that momentum and get another good shot of the night. Sunday “.
A win in Game 4 would allow the Sixers to tie in the second round series a second before returning to Miami for Game 5. As Sunday’s outing can make or break the Sixers’ chances of gaining an advantage over the Miami-Green and the Sixers know that one win in the The house does not give them any reason to celebrate as there is still a lot of work to be done.
Justin Grasso covers the Philadelphia 76ers for Sports Illustrated. You can follow him for live updates on Twitter: MustafaHosny Oh God, Amen.