Tyrese Maxey shines in 76ers 115-103 loss to the Denver Nuggets
In what was one of the more interesting 76ers games in recent memory. The status of this game was heavily in doubt for the last few days due to seven players being listed as questionable under the NBA’s COVID-19 protocols. Earlier today, it was announced that the game would continue but Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons would be out with injuries. Philadelphia moved on with a seven-man rotation led by rookie Tyrese Maxey.
Maxey had his statement game of the season putting up 39 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists in 44 minutes of play on 18/33 shooting. Maxey was only one of two guards available during today’s game and showed he was the real deal. Tyrese carried the Sixers offense with no other player scoring over 13 points.
Maxey’s performance is a clear indication that he has a bright future ahead with the Sixers. His explosiveness of the dribble and impressive shot creation is incredible. His performance tonight was easily the best of any rookie this season. There is no way 20 players should have been taken over him in last year’s NBA Draft.
Rookies Isaiah Joe and Dakota Mathias also had their first NBA starts in the loss. Joe, known for his perimeter shooting finished shooting 4/18 and 3/11 from deep. Both players recorded over 40 mins of action this afternoon.
Paul Reed and Tony Bradley had a chance to prove themselves and had impressive performances. Reed was aggressive on the defensive side of the ball and pulled in seven rebounds in 26 minutes. Bradley had 11 points and a career high 15 rebounds in only 24 minutes of play off the bench.
The Sixers now move to 7-3 on the season and will play the Atlanta Hawks on the road on Monday. It is currently unknown who will be available for the 76ers but every Sixers player besides Curry has returned negative COVID tests so far.
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