A Couple Takeaways from the 76ers Summer League OT Loss to the T-Wolves
Last night was one of the best games of the 76ers summer league season, even with the crushing overtime loss to the Timberwolves. With Tyrese Maxey leaving the team to help run his own summer camp earlier in the week, the Sixers still managed to put up a serious fight in the contest. To do so, some other young Sixers had to step up, and certainly did out west.
Paul Reed Dominated in Every Statistical Category.
Paul Reed certainly got “Out the Mud” last season when he joined the Sixers on an official contract last season, tonight he showed NBA fans exactly why. This 76ers summer league game was the Paul Reed show. Reed finished the game with one of the craziest stat lines I’ve ever seen for even a pre-season summer exhibition match. For starters, Reed finished with 27 points and 20 rebounds for another 76ers summer league double-double. On top of that, Reed also nabbed four assists, steals, and blocks. Simply put, Reed was everywhere on the court tonight, and even splashed a pair of three’s as a cherry on top.
Isiah Joe Went Cold, Left Contest With Unknown Injury.
While it was bound to happen, it wasn’t fun watching Isiah Joe struggle to knockdown three’s in last night’s 76ers summer league game. Joe currently sits second in three-pointers made this summer league season. In the loss Joe scored just five points, knocking down one triple in six attempts in the contest. To add salt to the wound, Joe would leave the game early after taking a nasty spill in the second half. Currently Joe is being evaluated for an injury, with no further updates. Hopefully Joe will be okay, as his deadly shooting in this year’s 76ers summer league can be a great asset for the Sixers this season.
Jaden Springer Struggles Offensively Again, Does Come Up Big in Clutch Situations.
In his first 76ers summer league, Jaden Springer has been shifted into the shooting guard role, and looked lack luster offensively. Tonight wasn’t much different, outside of the few clutch shots Springer hit late in the contest. No shot in the loss was bigger than Springer’s triple that put the Sixers up two with just 14 seconds remaining in the game. Take that shot away and Jaden shot just 3-for-12 from the field, and 0-for-4 from downtown. Defensively, Springer did make an impact once again with a pair of steals and a block. While every fan should take the 76ers summer league games with a grain of salt, the offensive splits for Springer have certainly been underwhelming at best.
Frank Mason III and Rayjon Tucker Stepped Up With Tyrese Maxey Out.
With Tyrese Maxey still out of the 76ers summer league, it was nice to see the other Sixer point guards step up in his absence. Frank Mason III got the start at point guard in the loss, putting up 15 points and a couple of fantastic finishes at the rim. Rayjon Tucker looked even more impressive, notching 16 points of his own in only 15 minutes of action. While the 76ers did end up losing, both guys showed impressive scoring ability going to the cup, and stepped up big time with the bulk of minutes given.
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