Doc Rivers reminds Sixers they are only halfway through winning streak against Wizards | Professional
To return to the series, Washington will not only need to find a way to better defend the bigger Sixers, but the Wizards will also need to find a way to get more offensive production from guard Russell Westbrook, who left Game 2 with an injury. at the ankle.
Westbrook shot 33% (9 for 27) from the floor in the first two games. Most of Washington’s score came from guard Bradley Beal, who shot a 2-of-12 3-point combined in the first two games but averaged 33 points. If Beal heats up beyond the arc it could cause trouble for the Sixers.
“I know we make it work. I see it on film, ”Rivers said of Beal. “I know we give him a lot of (2-point shots) which has been good too. But he makes them. It just tells you that you can plan anything you want against some of these big guys, and they could still score. But as long as they score, and it’s tough and you defend everyone else, you have a pretty good chance for (a win).
Capitol One Arena in Washington will be at 50% capacity, or roughly 10,000 fans for Saturday’s game. If Wednesday’s Game 5 is needed, Wells Fargo Center will be at 100% capacity, the Sixers said on Friday shortly after the city of Philadelphia announced it was lifting its COVID-19 restrictions.
Due to the pandemic, Saturday will be the Sixers’ first real road playoff game since losing Game 7 of the 2019 Eastern Conference Semifinals in Toronto to the Raptors.