Sunday Matinee: Sixers vs Thunder Preview
If the 76ers win over Memphis Grizzlies was any indication of the team we have now as basketball resumes inside the bubble, Sixers fans should be excited.
For the first time in 4 months, the 76ers took the court and pulled off an impressive win highlighted by defense, chemistry, and our new Power Forward Ben Simmons doing his part in spacing the floor and shooting jump shots.
It’s pretty. It’s so pretty. pic.twitter.com/KmVjKlGrmB
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) July 25, 2020
If you would have told me back in February that the NBA season would be cancelled until late July and then it will return inside a bubble in Disney World and Ben Simmons would be shooting 3 point shots with no hesitation, I would have told you that you were insane but here we are.
Today, the Sixers face the Oklahoma City Thunder in their second scrimmage and will look to continue growing and build momentum. After the debut of the new starting lineup featuring Shake Milton, Josh Richardson, Tobias Harris, Ben Simmons, and Joel Embiid Friday, the Sixers had a massive first half and outscored the Grizzlies 54-28, holding Memphis to an abysmal 28.5% shooting from the floor.
When the season resumes, the Thunder can actually help the Sixers in terms of the NBA draft. If they play well, it’s likely the 76ers will receive their 1st round draft pick.
The Thunder (40-24) occupy the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference, one game behind the No. 4 Utah Jazz, and tied with the No. 6 Houston Rockets.
Chris Paul has been outstanding in his first season with the Thunder, averaging 17.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 6.8 assists, and 1.6 steals per game. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander leads OKC in scoring, averaging 19.3 points per game.
The Sixers and Thunder split their regular season series, 1-1, in the former portion of the 2019-2020 season.
For today, the same storylines are still there. Shake Milton running point guard. Ben Simmons continuing to spread the floor and shoot the basketball. The new look Sixers starting five continuing to gel together before the 8-game regular season resumes August 1st.
Brett Brown will also need to start making some decisions on the 76ers bench so keep an eye out for who’s getting playing time and performing well.
Tip off is at noon and you can watch on NBC Sports Philadelphia / NBA TV and listen on 97.5 The Fanatic.