Joel Embiid fell apart Monday night in Atlanta after playing one of his worst halves of basketball all year and letting the Atlanta Hawks steal Game 4 to get back into this series. Embiid missed a key layup with 10 seconds left that would have given the Philadelphia 76ers a late-game lead. It was a fitting end to his awful night.
Embiid was a ghastly 0-for-12 in the second half in Game 4. How bad is that? That's the most attempts without a make in a half in the past 25 years of postseason play (the timeframe in which these kinds of stats are even possible). Yuck.
Joel Embiid went 0-12 in the 2nd half. That's the most attempts in a half without a make over the last 25 postseasons. pic.twitter.com/MkJpGe8zK1— Kirk Goldsberry (@kirkgoldsberry) June 15, 2021
Philadelphia hosts a huge Game 5 tonight. Either team can win the series, so let's look at the keys to victory for both squads, starting with the top-seeded Sixers.