Sixers Grades in Win Over Hornets
After a wire to wire win over the Hornets on Saturday, the Sixers would complete the two game sweep on Monday night. Despite a slow start, the Sixers secured a blowout victory by a final of 118-101.
Here are some grades from the Sixers' fourth straight victory.
Joel Embiid: A
Outside of one of his poorer nights shooting the ball, Joel Embiid was dominant tonight to complete the sweep of the Hornets. He only shot 4-10 from the floor, but still managed to be the team's second-leading scorer with 14 points.
Embiid stood out on the defensive end of the floor in this one. He took on any and all comers at the rim, coming away with three blocks. Along with his rim protection, Embiid came down with 11 rebounds and swiped two steals.
All in all, this was a solid all-around performance from Embiid. He continues to lead the charge for the Sixers on both sides of the floor.
Ben Simmons: A-
After recording his first triple-double of the season in the first matchup, Ben Simmons would almost do it again in game two. He would end the night with 12 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists.
One thing that stood out from Simmons was his aggressiveness getting to the rim from the opening tip. He would attempt 13 shots in this game, the second most from any Sixers' player.
Seeing Simmons put his head down in the open floor and get to the rim and not settle is a good sign for him offensively moving forward.
Another area that stood from Simmons tonight was his passing. Although he only finished with six assists, he would commit just one turnover. The Sixers have had some turnover issues to start this season, so it was good to see Simmons take care of the ball as he orchestrated the offense.
Tobias Harris: A+
Tobias Harris continues to ride the hot streak that landed him 'player of the week' honors. He would finish this game as the Sixers' leading scorer with 22 points, and would come down with five rebounds.
This is now the fourth straight game that Harris has broken the 20 point mark. On top of his scoring bursts, he has also been extremely efficient. He shot 62.5% from the floor on 16 shots attempts, and stepped out and knocked down a pair of threes.
Harris continues to be a reliable scorer for the Sixers' offense. Hopefully he can continue to maintain this level of play.
After the game, Harris would credit his strong play to the performance of the team as a whole, and the system that head coach Doc Rivers has implemented.
Danny Green: B+
After going through a rough patch shooting the ball from deep to start the season, Green seems to be finding the range. He would finish this game with 13 points, and hit a trio of triples for the second straight game.
Green finding his stroke from deep is huge for the Sixers' offense moving forward. Having shooters like Curry and Harris has done wonders for the spacing on the floor, as Green continues to knock down shots it only gives defenses one more threat to worry about on the perimeter.
Tyrese Maxey: B+
This game was arguably the best run we have seen from the Sixers' first-round pick. In 21 minutes of action, Tyrese Maxey would finish with 11 points, two rebounds, two assists, and one steal.
When given the chance, Maxey continues to show he can be a good piece for this team going forward. His ability to put the ball on the floor and finish at the rim has been a nice boost to the offense of the second unit.
Maxey is also starting to show flashes shooting the ball from deep. After hitting his first career three on Saturday, he would knock down a pair from three in the 'series' finale.
With Furkan Korkmaz out for the coming weeks, there is an opportunity for rotation minutes in these coming games. If Maxey can continue to grow with his time on the floor, he might just solidify a spot for himself in Doc River's rotation.