76ers Strike Gold in Denver, End Five Game Skid
The 76ers finally end their five game losing streak against the Denver Nuggets on the road. Philadelphia won by a large margin in this one, 103-89, with major help from Tyrese Maxey, Tobias Harris, Seth Curry and a surprising boost from Charles Bassey.
I’m not going to spend that long on Maxey, I’ve already published multiple articles about his growth and potential. His game is so smooth, and graceful but enhanced by his quickness and flourishing shooting ability has made him a genuine joy to watch. He scored 21 points in this game, giving him a 20+ point outing in four out of his last five games.
Seth Curry returned to form in this one after struggling against the Jazz. Curry was much more aggressive, taking 17 shots, and was able to get to the rim on multiple occasions. His mid range shot is incredibly effective when it comes to opening the rest of his game up, and tonight proved that to be true. After being completely shut down in Utah on Tuesday, he ended the game with 20 points tonight.
The story of the night was definitely Charles Bassey. His impact was noticeable from the second he stepped on the floor tonight. He has elite pick and roll footwork, and is probably the most lateral and vertically athletic big on the team right now. I think that this was a perfect game for him to get extra minutes and he absolutely made it worth his while. He ended this game with 12 points, he also sent back three shots which was encouraging to see as well. I thought that Bassey made a case to get minutes regularly, especially when Embiid sits.
The Liberty Line spent all day yesterday getting quote tweeted by annoying Nuggets fans about how Jokic is better than Joel Embiid. What they didn’t take into account is the fact that Charles Bassey would handle business. Glad we were able to get that squared away rather easily.
This was a necessary win, and actually makes the rest of this road trip bearable with Embiid and Thybulle likely returning against Portland on Saturday. The Sixers improve to 9-7 with this win, and have three more games remaining on this road trip.
Mandatory Credit: USA TODAY SPORTS
[…] Look, I have led everyone down the wrong path twice now on the road trip. I thought the Sixers could cover a double digit spread against the Utah Jazz and they did not. I also thought that the Sixers would get smoked in Denver which of course didn’t happen either. […]