Sixers excited for first Game 7 since loss to Kawhi

Joel Embiid - photo via USA Today Sports Images

PHILADELPHIA — The Sixers rebounded from a devasting Game 5 to defeat the Hawks on Friday night and force a Game 7. Joel Embiid spoke post-game about how the team was able to change things up.

“I know we blew that lead last game,” Embiid told FortyEightMinutes and other media after Game 6. “That’s something we should have never done, but tonight, we were just kept telling each other, 48 minutes. You got to be focused for 48 minutes and that’s what we have to do. We’ll be fine.”

This is the first Game 7 for the Sixers since they lost to the Raptors on the Kawhi Leonard shot back in 2019.

“I’m excited,” Embiid said about playing in another Game 7. “This time, it’s at home. You can back that up. I believe that if we had home-court, it would have been easier to win. That why we work so hard in the regular season to get homecourt advantage—Playing in front of our fans.”

Ben Simmons echoed the sentiment, telling FortyEightMinutes and other reporters that he’s “looking forward” to it. “I look forward to every game so this is gonna be special because we’re at home,” Simmons said. “Obviously, we’re gonna have our fans there and their energy on top so it’s gonna be great. I’m looking forward to it.”

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