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Sixers vs. Nets Postgame Quotes: “I’m getting back to myself, so I’m telling my teammates to just get me the ball”

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NBA: Brooklyn Nets at Philadelphia 76ers Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia 76ers

Brett Brown

On what was going through his mind from the middle of the first period to the middle of the second…

I mean, really just trying to find answers to some of the problems. Let’s start with, we didn’t guard. That’s the obvious answer because we struggled scoring. To me, they went on an onslaught of scoring. I felt like our fight, our spirit took a little bit of a dent there. To the guys’ credit, they came back and fixed it with some momentum at the end of the second period. There was that window where I would have blown through a lot of the timeouts…But during that drought, I look forward to seeing the defense. The offensive part of it struggled a bit with the turnovers and them coming after Joel Embiid.

On Joel Embiid’s game tonight…

He sure did [will the team to a win]…In the meantime it’s true. He was all over the place. Just defensively and offensively, he would say, “Give me the ball.” I thought the thing that might not go as noticed, as I see it, was his screen setting. He did a really good job of getting low, getting his shoulders lower than the defenders and forcing over…But Joel Embiid was our bell-ringer tonight for obvious reasons. He was dominant.

On what worked during the third quarter…

I thought we did a good job in the second half of not turning the ball over. I thought we played with a greater pace. You feel the pain, like, we didn’t shoot threes, neither the quantity nor the percentage that we needed to. I think you can point to Ben Simmons’ absence as a big reason for that. He really does a great job of quarterbacking the gym, collapsing the defense. I’ll go back and look at it, but I feel like we came out of the halftime with two things: reminded of that drought, but we clawed back. I thought the last few minutes of the second period gave us a little bit of life. As I mentioned to the group, it wasn’t an X’s and O’s thing. It was, “Let’s rekindle our spirit. Let’s get that going first.” And I feel like the turnovers and our spirit, just playing with that type of intensity just changed the game.

On whether he sees Joel having fun…

I hope that he enjoys playing. He should. He’s a great player. I think that when you come out of the All-Star Game and you feel other All-Stars start to go to you when it’s crunch time at the end of the game, there is no greater boost, as I see it, than maybe that. His defense is still the thing that is our backbone and they had one point in overtime. Their percentages going down the stretch in the fourth period were low and that’s where I see his energy and his passion being contagious with the confidence that he gives the other four players.

Joel Embiid

On dealing with ups and downs throughout the game…

It was great. Obviously, we had a good start and then we struggled a little bit offensively and defensively. They kept getting a lot of offensive rebounds and that run that we had at the end of the second was huge for us to cut it down to 10 points. Then at halftime, we knew what we had to do; come out and just be aggressive, especially on the defensive end, and for me, I just had to do my thing.

On the mindset down late in the fourth quarter…

To me, like I’ve been saying, I’m getting back to myself, so I’m telling my teammates to just get me the ball, and obviously we had Alec [Burks] come in and he did a great job. He knocked down a few shots, but that’s the mindset I’ve got to have, and I want my teammates to know that I’m going to be there, especially in the tougher situations.

On coming back and what that says about the team…

It means a lot. We’re relentless. We’ve got a lot of guys that can do so many things. Tonight, Alec gave us something. Shake [Milton] came in at the end of the fourth and in overtime and pulled out something. And all the guys, all along, did their job. So, everybody knows we know what we’ve got to do, and I felt like we’ve got a pretty good chance of accomplishing something.

NBA: Brooklyn Nets at Philadelphia 76ers Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Tobias Harris

On Alec Burks

He was big for us. He gives us another guy who can handle the ball and create his own shot. He has a really good mid-range game and great speed going downhill. He was able to make some huge plays for us, especially in the fourth quarter, and we just fed off of his energy tonight. It was good to see him keep going in his second game and just get him out there with us. I think he’s going to be great for us.

On handling the ups and downs of the game…

It just really taught us to keep our composure. I said in the beginning, I really like the way that we handled the runs that they made and how they made them. We didn’t hang our head. We kind of looked each other in the eye and said, “We know we need to be better, we need to be more physical, we need to be better defensively and get stops.” And once we did, we were able to get out in transition, run and get some easy ones. That just helped us crawl back into the game.

On playing Milwaukee this upcoming Saturday…

Every game is going to be a test for us. Every game is preparation for us to get ready for the playoffs. From here on out, we look at every opportunity to better ourselves and what better way than playing the top team in the East at their place? We’ve had very good battles with them in the two games we’ve played, but we have to want more for ourselves and each other. We’ll be ready for that.

NBA: Brooklyn Nets at Philadelphia 76ers Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Alec Burks

On his thoughts on tonight’s game…

I don’t know if it’s satisfying, I just feel like we all played good…I’m just glad we won, it was a great team effort.

On what the key was for him and his play…

Just playing my game…I don’t know if y’all watched the west coast, but that’s how I play. It’s just me playing my game, trying to feel it out. It’s only my second game…so hopefully it gets better as the season goes on.

On Joel’s screening…

Y’all saw what he did tonight…I don’t know how tall, how big he is, but he’s a statue out there. He’s setting great picks, not only for me, but everyone else.

Brooklyn Nets

Kenny Atkinson

On the way his team played…

Valiant effort, I thought valiant effort on our part. We had opportunities, they made plays at the end and we didn’t, and we put them on the foul line a ton. That’s the frustrating thing; we can argue we fouled them or we didn’t foul them, the fact of the matter is that they went to the line 35 times. Our margin of error is just too small to do that. We gifted them too many points.

On the 76ers’ defense down the stretch…

They did a great strategy, they denied and made it really tough on Caris [LeVert] and Spencer [Dinwiddie] and left [Joel] Embiid at the rim. We tried to go small with Wilson [Chandler] out there to spread them out a little bit, but there’s a trade-off with that … then you have to deal with Embiid on the other end. They have a lot of good players. They made plays, we didn’t. It’s too bad, we had a great opportunity.

On the 76ers’ overtime defense…

I’ll give them credit, I think they took away our ballhandlers’ ability to even get the ball, really. They denied them; it was almost like a triangle and two… just deny, deny those two guys and let other guys make plays.

On what these losses are like to the team…

It hurts… it motivates you, too, games like this. That group in there, I know they fought like crazy. We’re going to be a good team, I feel good about that. I’m just frustrated our guys weren’t rewarded with the effort they made tonight.

Spencer Dinwiddie

On Embiid’s presence throughout the game…

Obviously, Embiid is one of, if not the best, centers in the league…he did his job and he was able to get his team the win.

On his reaction to the loss…

We just have to keep pushing. Obviously, we played a competitive game. We want to win every single game we play. We’ll keep building, earn our respect in this league, and take away the positives and understand how to clean up the negatives.

On the season going forward…

We have the talent to still be a good team, still make the playoffs, and to your point, do special things. It’s just all about coming together, being cohesive, and pushing forward.

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Caris LeVert

On the emotions throughout the game…

It was definitely a back and forth game. I feel like we should have come out on top, definitely some things we can learn from in that game. I feel like we played a good game in stretches. We played our best basketball for stretches, but then other stretches we had a bunch of lapses. Like I said, it was a good game tonight.

On Embiid’s effectiveness blocking shots…

He’s definitely one of the best rim protectors in the league. Just his presence, not even him blocking shots all the time, just his presence. I’ve just got to be better. We’ve got to be better as a team attacking him.

On the team going forward this season without Kyrie Irving

Obviously, we feel bad for him. He wants to be out here with us. That’s first and foremost. He definitely worked extremely hard to come back. It’s just a series of unfortunate things that happened with him. So, we just have a next-man-up mentality right now and try to finish out this season the right way. We all know we’re trying to get to the playoffs, so that’s in our sights right now.