Atlanta Hawks: 6 Takeaways from 113-92 Loss to 76ers

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Atlanta Hawks Front Court Flexes Collective Muscle in 1st Half

Taking on one of the best big men in the game in Joel Embiid, the Atlanta Hawks big man trio of Alex Len, Dewayne Dedmon, and Miles Plumlee played admirably in the first half.

After Len picked up two quick fouls early in the game, Dedmon subbed in and locked down the seven-foot social-media savant. Then it was Plumlee’s turn, and he immediately made his presence felt.

The high-flying big man played an immensely efficient six-plus minutes in the first half, recording 6 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in that short time.

But it was the defensive effort put forward by all three of the Atlanta Hawks post players that was so encouraging to watch. Pierce’s game-plan of double-teaming Embiid whenever he got the ball on the block worked to perfection. The MVP-hopeful didn’t look the part in this game — scoring just 10 points on the night.