The Philadelphia 76ers are down 47-42 at halftime against the Boston Celtics. While it’s only been one half of basketball, there’s still a few takeaways. Joel Embiid leads the team with 11 points, and Ben Simmons has racked up a team-high nine rebounds and five assists.
One of the key takeaways from the first half was the Sixers’ 11 turnovers. Most of those turnovers can be credited to the Celtics’ quality defense. But the Sixers also let the Celtics rush them on offense.
This was an area of concern entering the season and was also something we knew Philly needed to avoid against a strong Boston defense.
Still, the Sixers controlled their tempo better near the end of the first quarter and during the second quarter. The Sixers played faster to end the first frame, going on a late run to tie the game at 21 heading into the second.
During the second quarter, the Sixers’ halfcourt offense improved and we saw names like Simmons and Markelle Fultz beginning to mesh.
Simmons made a nice over-the-back pass to a cutting Fultz during the second quarter. That was part of how the Sixers’ offense had more patience in the second quarter.
What the Sixers will have to do more of is get more quality shots on offense. Neither team shot above 45 percent from the field during the first half, but shots are going to eventually start falling. With that, the Sixers will need to make sure their perimeter defense is solid, and they’ll also need to use their fast tempo to their advantage on offense.