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The Sixers did a significantly better job of defending the 3 pointer in Game 2. The numbers show just how drastic of a difference it was. In Game 1, the Hawks shot 20-47 from deep, good for 42.6%. It was the most 3’s ever given up in the playoffs by a Sixers team. Tuesday, Philly’s defense was able to bounce back, keeping Atlanta contained to 11-30 from beyond the arc, a full 5% worse than the series opener. A lot of that had to do with the neutralizing of Trae Young, but the Sixers can still do better at limiting kickouts to the likes of Kevin Huerter and Bogdan Bogdanovic. This falls largely on Seth Curry and Danny Green, who need to be conscious of their tendency to collapse on Young, leaving shooters open in the corners. This is where the Hawks make their money, and it’s where the Sixers need to be sharp in order to assure a Game 3 victory.

By Connor Thomas

 

The Sixers were able to even their series with the Atlanta Hawks in Game 2, but now they face the task of going on the road to the ATL to try and take back home court advantage. Tuesday’s win was thanks to a couple of important adjustments, including the defensive matchups on Trae Young and a 2nd half resurgence from a bench player that I did not have a lot of faith in (sorry again, Shake Milton). If the Sixers do want to take a 2-1 lead later tonight, here are the 5 things they need to focus on to take care of business in Game 3: