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The two no 1 of the NBA 1 seeds only meet twice a season for attending opposing conferences, but boy did the Utah Jazz and Philadelphia 76ers count their rare battle on Wednesday? The jazz was led by up to 13 players, but a Joel Embiid performance in MVP format gave the 76ers a hard-fought 131-123 win in overtime that earned them their place at the top of the Eastern Conference in the All-Star – Break backed

Jazz and the 76s met earlier in the season, but there wasn’t much of value to learn from that win in Utah with Embiid, however Embiid was back and that taught us a lot about how a possible finale could turn out -Matchup would develop between these teams. Here are the key takeaways from Philadelphia’s victory

Crunch time, and basically overtime, is all about matchups. A team’s ability to get the right goalscorer the ball in the right place against the right defender usually determines whether they win or lose. Let’s see us Philadelphia’s overtime on Here is Tobias Harris’ first bucket of overtime

You can hardly tell that these are different possessions.All three, Harris gets the ball on the left block.All three, Harris starts in the middle of the floor and runs through traffic to ensure a matchup against Bojan Bogdanovic on the first Both he is successful and scores the third time he pulls a slightly less favorable match against Royce O’Neale, but is still in an advantageous position given the difference in height of four inches and manages to score again

There has been a lot of dismay over the years over Philly’s late offense, with a shooter as weak as Ben Simmons creating undeniable limitations, but the 76ers have quietly climbed to seventh place on the clutch offensive, scoring over 116 points per 100 possessions this season They did this in large part behind their ability to chase the right matchups.Harris is not a traditional late game goalscorer despite his MVP candidacy, neither is Embiid Philadelphia’s roster was designed to be largely created for the emergence of Late game offenses are responsible As a result, the couple made 58 percent of all clutch shots for the 76ers thanks to their carefully choreographed matchup hunt, the two have teamed up to 536 percent in clutch situations Not too shabby In the playoffs it gets tougher when the opponents get more aggressive when it comes to Simmons, but right now the 76s are doing a good job generating the right looks when it counts

As for jazz? You are currently 28 Clutch defense in the NBA, mostly because they are prone to these maneuvers, so much of their defensive success depends on Gobert’s mere presence and the schematic benefits that come with it, opponents battle it out to play 48 minutes against a defense made thanks to the rim protector A single defender bids, never has to leave shooter. But are you asking the same opponents to play two or three minutes of isolation ball while their stars look for Bogdanovic or Joe Ingles? It’s more manageable and it’s something that jazz has to reckon with before the playoffs

Rudy Gobert is a two-time Defensive Player of the Year and he’s well on his way to recapturing the award again this season with Utah returning to No. 3 on defense as part of a team defense, he’s elite Utah’s entire program is based on it to stay at home on shooters and guide drivers into him because he knows he can scare off almost anything at the basket It has given jazz one of the rarest shooting profiles in basketball: they hardly allow layups or 3-pointers

But a worrying trend always emerges when Gobert plays against big elite offensive men. Nikola Jokic has averaged 41 points per game against him in two games this season. Embiid has just hung 40 on him. Anthony Davis scored last year Season in three games just a tick under 30 points per game at Gobert with 52% / 40% / 87% shooting percentages The Jazz is 1-5 in these games

The simple explanation here would be that these are the rare Star Big Men who can score at elite levels both inside and out.Yes, Gobert is more comfortable outside of the basket, but Embiid and Jokic still have it managed to put it in the mail

Several problems play a role here Gobert is a good post-defender, but hardly an elite in view of his thinner frame Percentile of Points Per Possession Reached Allowed in the Post The fact that Gobert has to consider girth with these superstars puts him at further risk, especially on pick and roll, but more importantly, it takes Utah out of its preferred defensive alignment out

The best version of Gobert is the one that is solely devoted to rim protection Forcing him to defend players like Embiid, Jokic and Davis makes this a lot more difficult because they have to be taken into account at all times, which in turn makes it easier for players to play Gobert not defended to get to the edge The 76ers only scored eight threes on 131 points on Wednesday They did that by scoring 64 points in the color that is almost impossible against Gobert if he can only protect the rim, but if he can is occupied by an MVP candidate? Suddenly it gets a lot easier for everyone else, and that’s a problem that Utah has to solve in the playoffs with possible matchups against Davis, Jokic and Embiid

Doc Rivers has made a concerted effort to bring Embiid’s protocols into line with Simmons’ this season It’s not intuitive in the short term, as a rule, each additional star added to a line-up offers declining returns, and this is especially true for those as stylistically as close to each other as Simmons and Embiid But the 76ers understand that their fate is tied to both. Winning the playoffs means winning the minutes they share Therefore, Rivers uses the regular season to figure out how best to use the two together, rather than maximizing their winnings by separating them

These potential long-term benefits are enormous, but it has resulted in some of the ugliest bench minutes in all of basketball The Sixers lose the minutes, with Simmons and Embiid missing an average of 5 minutes, with 8 points per 100 possessions The first half was similar to Philadelphia followed with three points Arrears when Embiid left the game 1:47 in the first quarter. They were down 13 by the time the pair returned in the middle of the second quarter

Simmons, who lost the game at six in the third quarter, should have been the fatal blow.It wasn’t The five-man bank brigade of Shake Milton, Furkan Korkmaz, Matisse Thybulle, Mike Scott and Dwight Howard inexplicably gave the 76ers the lead that the starters held firm to put the game into overtime where they won, but Rivers’ use of those reserves raises more interesting questions as the season progresses

Is he planning to stumble Simmons and Embiid in the playoffs? Would he both sit and play harris? Will the 76ers add another shot creator before trading closes? The numbers suggest that not only should the two Superstars be held together in the long run, but should also be staggered in the postseason to maximize each of that victory, offering conflicting data points, and it’s a tactical process worth going into the future to be monitored

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