The Philadelphia 76ers entered the Golden 1 Center on Tuesday night with the best 3-point defense in the league and they were 4th in the league in defensive rating.
They did not look like any of that as they allowed the Sacramento Kings to put up 71 points in the first half and knock down 11 from deep.
They forced the Kings into shooting just 3-for-22 from deep in the second half. It was a total change from the first half. We just started playing better defense, honestly, said coach Doc Rivers UFA.
Their transition game is amazing with the speed of Fox and some of their other guys. I don’t think we adjusted to it well enough in the first half. I thought we did a much better in the second half.
In the first half, the speed of Fox to get into the paint allow guys like Buddy Hield. Tyrese Haliburton to be able to get open from deep with little resistance.
The Sixers seem to be shocked by the speed of Sacramento to begin the game and it threw them off.
“A team defensive effort,” said Matisse Thybulle. All guard the ball and rotate, and more importantly rebound. That was really just the biggest change. We were taking control of the pace and just guarding as a team.”