The Philadelphia 76ers finally returned to the basketball court last night, beating the Washington Wizards…
Welp, it was fun while it lasted. The Philadelphia 76ers snapped an eight game winning-streak at home last night against the Indiana Pacers losing 132-126 at the Wells Fargo Center.
To rub a little more salt in the wound, last night’s game was an NBA In-Season Tournament game. We’re trying to win the NBA Cup for crying out loud and now the Sixers are 1-1 in tournament play. Simply can’t have that happen if you are planning on attending the parade down Broad Street in early December.
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It also didn’t help that the Sixers were playing on a blood red basketball court which made it almost impossible to keep your eyes on the television screen or really follow everything that was happening on the court while in attendance at The Well.
My eyes are more bloodshot than the color of the court
I did not like the fact that the 76ers had to play the Pacers in back-to-back games. It rarely ever ends up being a sweep for either team and after Tyrese Maxey dropped a 50 burger on their heads Sunday night, you had to know Tuesday night would likely produce a different result.
The Pacers dominated the first half and really led for the majority of the game, jumping out to a 13-point lead. Tyrese Haliburton dominated last night, scoring 33 points with 15 assists, and six rebounds. Over the last two games in Philly, Haliburton scored a total of 58 points to go along with 32 assists, and 0 turnovers.
Side Note: Daryl Morey turned down a trade to bring Haliburton and Buddy Hield to Philly in exchange for Ben Simmons. Gross.
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Joel Embiid finished with 39 points, 11 rebounds, and six assists in the loss. Tobias Harris, the steady hand of the Sixers lineup, scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
Tyrese Maxey who struggled to find rhythm early in the game finished with 27 points and six assists. The surprise of the night was De’Anthony Melton who scored a season-high 30-points in the loss.
Stay Positive: Kelly Oubre Injury Update
Hey! Not all is lost. We have good news on the Kelly Oubre Jr front. He returned to the Sixers’ practice facility yesterday and rode the exercise bike while in “good spirits” following the hit-and-run accident last Friday night in Center City Philadelphia, when he sustained broken ribs.
Patience, grasshoppers. We still have no timetable for return. The Sixers rolled out the classic “will be re-evaluated next week” update earlier this week so hang tight.
Up Next for the Philadelphia 76ers
Hope you liked how I squeezed in a positive update on our guy Kelly Oubre Jr because unfortunately, the Sixers are back in action TONIGHT against the Celtics.
Yep! Winning streak snapped. NBA Cup game lost. Boston on the second night of a back-to-back with a shorthanded roster. Just nasty stuff from the NBA scheduling department.
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Much like the first meeting, Philly and Boston will be battling for the first seed in the Eastern Conference Standings (shoutout Julia) and honestly, the fact that this game will be played on the second leg of a back-to-back without Oubre and possible Batum, I’m sure tonight will be just lovely.