Hard hard for the Sixers. Announced among the favorites for the title, the team of Doc Rivers starts the season in the worst possible way. After losses to the Celtics and Bucks, two other Eastern Conference favorites, a revival was expected at home against the Spurs. But the players returned to the locker room at the Wells Fargo Center at the whistle, beaten 114-105. Doc Rivers’ observation is clear.
“Honestly, we’re not ready yet,” Doc Rivers said. “We’re not. We’re not ready to win yet. It feels like it. We’ve got a lot on our plate. It’s like in the first two games we played hard and fought hard and told ourselves, ‘Okay, now we can win matches.’ You have to go out there and earn the win.”
Deserved victory was the message PJ Tucker in the locker room after the game.
Tuck called it after the game,” explained Doc Rivers. ” He’s right. Nobody’s going to give you a win. You’ve got to get her, and you’ve got to do it every night. We can’t choose when we’re going to be there, and that’s what we’re doing. »
However Joel Embiid finally released a big game with 40 points, very encouraging but insufficient.
“Obviously, I’m not playing at my best level,” the pivot said. “We’re not winning. Tonight was a start, but we have to find ways to win. So I have to play better.”
For the dolphin Nikola Jokic in the final vote for the MVP trophy, the concern is primarily defensive.
“Defensively, we have to be better connected,” Joel Embiid said. “Obviously we don’t defend the ball. We have to work on that. It’s a pretty new team and it’s going to take some time to get everyone on the same page, but it’s going to be okay.”
The Sixers will have a good opportunity to respond against one of the weakest teams in the East on paper: the Pacers.