Sixers Fall to 7-4 in Short-Handed Loss Against Atlanta
Another tough, short handed loss tonight in Atlanta, as the Sixers fell to the Hawks 112-94. The Sixers and their nine active players took an early lead, but lost it and never got close again. The NBA proving yet again that they hate the process, and the Sixers fall to 7-4.
As expected, with the mixture of junior varsity players in the lineup, the Sixers struggled all over the floor. Shooting 40% from the floor, and only slightly above 20% from 3, they were unable to shoot their way into the game. Even their regular faces (Danny Green 0-9) weren’t able to help the team out from beyond the arc. The defense in this game was also subpar, which was disappointing coming from a defensive minded team, but again very expected due to the players that were forced to play in this game.
After an impressive performance, Tyrese Maxey proved once again that he deserves minutes going forward. The kid dropped 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in his 31 minutes of play, and just has the look of a stud. Isiah Joe was also impressive tonight, scoring 18 points on 4 of 7 shooting from deep, and his progression will be one to keep an eye on to see if the Sixers can grow another bomber to come off the bench. Joel Embiid had a dominant first half, and ended his night with 24 points and 11 rebounds, in only 23 minutes of play. Embiid’s health is much more important than this game, so not surprising to see him hit the showers early.
As much as I dislike Trae Young, he got whatever he wanted in this one and finished with 26 points and 8 assists. Deandre Hunter showed some game tonight, adding 15 points, 7 rebounds and quality defense for Atlanta in their bounce back win.
The Sixers are scheduled to play at home tomorrow against Miami, who’s roster is also depleted from health and safety protocol, but don’t be surprised if that game gets postponed. After the NBA left the Sixers for dead this weekend, I wouldn’t be shocked to see them coddle Miami and help out everyone other than Philadelphia through these issues.
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Mandatory Credit: USA TODAY
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