B-BALL PAUL (4, 9, 5 FOULS): SIXERS ‘CAN DEFINITELY BEAT THIS TEAM’!

By Tommy Matthews

The Sixers may have dropped game 1 to the Heat without Joel Embiid, but B-Ball Paul/aka Paul Reed is bullish.

Reed — who had 4 points and 9 rebounds — feels that the Sixers’ physicality can eventually make the Heat “fold.”

“We can definitely beat this team,” Reed said. “I think if we go out there, be more physical than them, and play more aggressive and keep them on their heels, they’re gonna fold. We seen that happen in the second quarter and a little bit in the first. I think there’s one thing we realize playing this team.”

“We have the offense, that’s not the problem,” Reed said. “I think the only thing we have to worry about is locking them down every possession and getting out in transition. Once we do that, they can’t stop us.”

Reed got into foul trouble — he racked up five against the Heat and played just 13 minutes.

“I definitely think about that. I definitely think about, I need to be on the court. I don’t need to foul, I know I got three, if I get another one I know I’m coming out,” Reed said after the game.

“I definitely think about those things. But then in the moment, you got somebody driving to the lane on you, and like I said I don’t be trying to let nobody score at all. But I know my team need me right now big time, so I gotta like take the pride away and do what’s best for the team.”

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