Sixers Learning how to Win Close Games
The Sixers, it turns out, are people too.
“We’re more poised at the end of games now,” offered Thaddeus Young, giving an explanation for how the same Sixers that struggled so mightily in the highest leverage moments of the regular season had just pulled off another in a series of increasingly unlikely postseason wins — a 92-83 victory they managed despite falling behind 14-0, trailing 46-31 at the half, and missing 34 of their first 43 shots.
“[In crunch time] we’re playing with a lot of control, a lot of patience,” Young, who scored 12 points — none bigger than a finger roll that, with 10:30 remaining, tied the game for the first time since Paul Pierce hit a jump shot 17 seconds in — went on. “We’re letting things come to us and we’re not forcing anything.”
“We’re running [our plays] to a T, and everybody is cutting hard, and even if you’re not getting the ball you’re cutting it and taking another guy with you. We’re all making sacrifices for each other.”