The Atlanta Hawks failed to take advantage of their home court, and were obliterated 111-127 by the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 3 of the 2021 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Semifinals.
It was another case of the first quarter deciding the game. Both teams traded blows for blows early on in the game, with either side failing to pull away. It was a nervy first quarter as we witnessed unnecessary turnovers and poor decision making. But the Philadelphia 76ers won the quarter 28-20 thanks to their bench’s contribution. The Sixers controlled proceedings the rest of the way to beat the Atlanta Hawks.
Danny Green headed to the locker room with a calf injury after four minutes of play in the first quarter and did not return. The severity of the injury will be determined after an extensive diagnosis is completed.
That said, here are the five talking points from the game.
Joel Embiid has once again shown why he would have been a deserving MVP with another masterclass against the Atlanta Hawks. His 27 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists have helped the Philadelphia 76ers go ahead in the series.
Like Anthony Davis, every Embiid fall made the hearts of 76ers fan skip a bit as it is evident he is still nursing the meniscus injury that he’s dealing with. Regardless, the big man kept going till the final whistle.
If the Atlanta Hawks hope to have a fighting chance in this series, they have to devise a strategy to stop Embiid because Clint Capela cannot do the job alone.