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Sixers vs. Clippers Postgame Quotes: “The partnership between Joel and Ben needs to be acknowledged.”

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Philadelphia 76ers

Brett Brown

On whether he plans on going with this lineup again in the future…

It was originated out of the fact that I thought that they were going to go small. I think that, in general, not to use that as the reason, I spoke to Al Horford about it and we are trying to find ways to help him and help the team. I felt, disregarding the lineup defensive adjustment, that the time was appropriate to do it and see if we could get that second unit going with Al. We did it with [Manu] Ginobili a long time ago and Al is obviously a quality player. How I end games, to me, will be the judgement. Tonight, we rode out those big guys for a while. They went small, so did I and the decision to rotate him was driven because of that.

On how the conversation went with Al…

It was class. I said exactly what I just said. I said that this starting group has been struggling and that he had done nothing wrong. I keep myself up late at night trying to find ways to better coach it and fix and let it coexist. To date, after 50-plus games, we’ve struggled a little bit. I feel like I can help Al play at the level that he can play at and that we have seen…I think it can be a win-win. It was all class. He’s a great teammate and he understood. It was a high-level adult conversation that I appreciate and respect.

On whether he sees Josh [Richardson] emerging as a leader...

He’s always been there. It’s the same old story that we talk about; you really don’t know what have until you don’t have it. So we didn’t have him for a period of time, we didn’t have Joel [Embiid] for a period of time, not like two games. You feel the sting of not having that type of player.

On what stood out about Joel’s performance tonight…

Number one, it didn’t surprise me. When we add up Ben Simmons and Joel’s stat line, it’s arguably the best game that those two have paired with since I’ve been the coach here…The partnership between Joel and Ben needs to be acknowledged.

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Ben Simmons

On his chemistry with Joel Embiid tonight…

I think the chemistry was just good – me finding him, him being a force down low and getting open. It just worked well tonight. I think we did a good job of getting mismatches and finding them.

On playing multiple positions tonight…

I just love being a player. I don’t really put myself in any one position just because I’m so versatile. I’m able to play so many different positions and guard one through five. I’m just happy to be out there and playing.

On how much Josh Richardson affects the game…

A lot. I told him after the game it’s fun to just watch him do his thing because he’s so talented. He’s able to score the ball in multiple ways, so it’s great having him back.

On how it feels entering the All-Star break on a three-game winning streak…

For me, I like to look it [as going] back to 0-0, kind of like a refresh button. Hopefully everybody mentally gets that break and comes back focused and ready.

On getting the win at a crucial moment in the season…

We love to compete and you see that from everybody on the floor, especially that five that’s out there and Al [Horford] and the guys, we just picked up. They love to come in and compete and hustle and make those plays, and it’s kind of just trickling down to everybody on the team. We’re setting a standard for everybody and everyone has to hold themselves to that standard. If not, you’re going to fall behind.

On Al Horford’s competitiveness…

He’s a true pro. I respected him a lot competing against him and now he’s my teammate, so I respect him a lot. He’s going to be big for this team. I know everybody knows that and it’s going to show.

On whether it will be a challenge to integrate the new players into the scheme…

I think they’re going to fit in perfectly. They play hard defensively, they make hustle plays, they knock down shots, they run the floor well. So far, I love playing with them and our chemistry is only going to get better.

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Josh Richardson

On his fourth quarter performance…

In the fourth quarter, I kind of started attacking a little bit more. I was kind of just reading the defense. Coach put the ball in my hands and gave me the freedom to read it and attack and take what I saw.

On how it feels to close out a close game…

It’s great…I itch for moments like that and I know the rest of us do. In close games, we all want to be a part of that positive effort, and tonight I had a good part in it.

On Joel’s performance and how it helped the team…

It makes it way easier…if people are going to guard him one-on-one, it’s not going to be easy. It’s going to be tough for them every night. If we can just throw it in there and they can’t be as physical with them, he’s just going to dominate. It’s a huge lift for our team.

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Joel Embiid

On the focus on tonight’s game…

It meant a lot. It was good, everybody played well, we played together, and the ball moved. We needed it and the second part of the season, I think, is going to be really fun.

On his connection with Ben…

We’re getting better and it’s only going to get better. We still have a lot of potential, so I’m excited…but it’s not about us. We have great teammates that help make the game easier for us. He’s one of them, so we have to keep trusting our teammates and try to get better.

On if he knows the city has his back even after getting booed…

For sure…it’s all love. I understand where they’re coming from, but I do know that they got my back. Through the injuries and what we’ve been through, I’m still here. This is still my city, this is still our city, so we’re just going to keep pushing and try to win that championship.

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Los Angeles Clippers

Doc Rivers

On the team’s performance and why they couldn’t finish…

I didn’t think our defense was bad, I didn’t think it was great, but I thought our offense was bad tonight. I thought we lost the game tonight because we just didn’t play with any continuity offensively. We didn’t move the ball and space the ball enough. I thought Kawhi was really efficient at times, other than that we really didn’t have enough flow offensively to win against a pretty good defensive team.

On the factors for tonight’s result…

Give them credit, I thought they played harder. I thought they were more physical, they were so much more the physical team tonight with their bigs posting up and their drives in the first half. They didn’t really run anything. They just drove the ball to the basket and laid it in…we have work to do but it’s fine.

On how their bigs handled Embiid…

Not very good…they struggled with him, but that’s fine. Embiid’s a good player, you don’t worry about that. Embiid can have a great game and we can still win the game. We just didn’t win the game tonight more as a group offensively.

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Kawhi Leonard

On Josh Richardson’s fourth quarter…

He got to the paint, made some big threes for them…that’s it, he made shots.

On what he would say to the team going into the All-Star break…

Keep getting better, we’re getting better. Our eyes are on the prize, that’s what I see. That’s our goal.

On how the team played tonight…

I mean, we played well. We fought today and they made a push. That’s all I can say, they played better tonight.

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Paul George

On the first half performance from recently-acquired Marcus Morris

I think you saw it last game where he looked like he was comfortable in his first game with us. He’s a veteran player and he’s been successful everywhere that he’s been. We want to make it as easy as possible for him here.

On why the offense didn’t click tonight…

I thought our movement could have been better. Swinging the ball a little more and attacking the second side. They were pretty much forcing us to play one-on-one isolation ball. If we would have moved the ball and kept it hopping, we could’ve been more successful.

On the intensity level of the game…

We had two good teams playing for something tonight. They could be a team to get hot and make it to the Finals. We could be a team to get hot and make it to the Finals. It was definitely two teams feeling each other out tonight.

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Marcus Morris Sr.

On adjusting with a new team against a high-caliber opponent…

Not difficult at all. We’re all high IQ guys. It’s a basic offense, we just let the ball flow. It was a good win for them, and they played well. We’ll see them again in a couple of weeks.

On his scuffle with Joel Embiid tonight…

We’re both physical guys. It’s cool. It was just some wrapping of arms… It is what it is.

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