Joel Embiid said the Philadelphia 76ers are “playing scared” after a second consecutive loss at home.
The Sixers opened the season with 14 consecutive wins at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, but threw back-to-back games at home, with the last 117-98 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Friday.
The 76ers – having lost three consecutive games in total and now sixth in the Eastern Conference at 20-10 – looked like a shadow of the team trying to reach the NBA Finals.
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Embiid, who led the 76ers with 33 points and 17 rebounds, told reporters: “I feel like, especially tonight, I was scared. a shot as you pass it.
“I felt like tonight we had some open looks, (and) I just had to shoot it, but again, it’s also a balance, that’s what I’ve been dealing with. You have a lot of people telling you to be aggressive and all that, and obviously you don’t want to be selfish, but in the end, if you can make something happen, you’ve got it, especially if you feel like taking a look.
“In those cases, if you are open, or if you are open, you just shoot. We will go on an offensive rebound or make something happen.”
As they lost to the Miami Heat mid-week, the 76ers struggled against the Dallas defense.
“I think the impact that our inability to put on our back against the belt lately has reached our defense, our souls, our spirit,” said coach Brett Brown, “and I can’t stand it.
“It’s not what we are, it’s not what we are … I like to train these guys because I respect them and I feel that our competitive spirit has taken a toll because of our inability to score and I think every time you come in in a mood swings that affect your defense because your offense does something, it needs to be tackled. “
Brown added: “I haven’t seen this team … how long has it been since the Brooklyn game (20 points lost on December 15)?” Six days? very good … in the last six days, if that is, the last three games we’ve played with eggs We haven’t played with a competitive move that reflects this team It’s not the way I see the world at all. “