Wow - Lots of discussion of how we won.
In reality at this time of year it isn't about how you won, it's that you won. When we get into the last 10-15 games and playoff seeding is important and its all fine tuning then I'll start nitpicking the nuances of what we could have done better. In the mean time lets just enjoy the wins. All shows up the same at the end of the season anyways.
Embiid with teammates at the line: "Don't worry, he won't make them. He can't bleep-ing shoot!!"
We only got to the line more in the 2nd half if you count all the ones we got from being intentionally fouled at the end - and I know you aren't seriously giving us credit for 'getting to the line' on those.
Take out the intentional fouls at the end and they got to the line for 14 free throws to our 10 in the second half.
Our rebounding was improved, but not nearly as much as the raw numbers suggest.
And, more to my point, it wasn't Thad and Lavoy like you picked out - it was Evan who stepped it up (8 of his 11 in the second half).
Hardly brag-worthy results for a set of prescriptions like that. The two that sort of came true (improved rebounding and getting to the line more) only really came true on the stat sheet - in that they were the natural result of something else (hotting up from midrange), rather than improved rebounding effort and aggression like you were mentioning.
If your prediction was "we'll keep taking the exact same shots but will heat up from the midrange, which will lead to less missed shots and less Detroit rebounds, and they'll go cold late to fall of the pace, and start intentionally sending us to the line" then you'd have been right on.
But as it were, it's pretty funny to try and claim the victory was down to the 4 things you mentioned.
Sorry to be a dick about this - sometimes it's fun to have these arguments with you, but this is one of the times where it's really just boring - but if you're going to make super obvious prescriptions like that (get to the line! rebound more! play better defense!) and then brag about it it's pretty hard to not say something - especially when we didn't end up really doing any of them all that much better and really just beat a team because one of us had to win, and they were more mediocre than us.
His shot selection needs a little work. But the coaching staff needs to utilize his strengths more effectively as well. It's a shame he wasn't extended. We probably could have retained him at a relative bargain.