The Sixers would be back home on Thursday to finish off a back-to-back against the Hornets and Trail Blazers. Portland would be without most of their key players, but they did not let that stop them.
Joel Embiid would put on another incredible performance on offense, but it just wasn't enough tonight...
The Philadelphia Sixers were swept by the Boston Celtics. Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker were just too much. Joel Embiid had no help, but the overall state of this 76ers' team didn't stand a chance. Will Brett Brown get fired? What major changes will come next? Is anyone willing to take on Al Horford or Tobias Harris' contract? So many questions.....
The Philadelphia Sixers lose game three to the Boston Celtics. The Celtics closed the game out on a 10-0 run. Joel Embiid was the only reason why the 76ers had a chance considering the squad shot under 30% from the field. Late though, he had a crucial turnover late and was rejected by Jayson Tatum in the final moments. The team shot 23% from three. Tobias Harris has yet to make a three-pointer this series and Al Horford was terrible! This team stinks.
The Philadelphia Sixers were blown out by 27 points against the Boston Celtics in Game 2. Brett Brown's defensive philosophy is getting mocked by Kemba Walker and Joel Embiid. Things need to change. Jayson Tatum can't continue to get where he wants to on the floor. Matisse Thybulle was no match for him as Thybulle finished -30 on the night. Al Horford recorded four points and two rebounds. Tobias Harris shot 4-15 from the floor. The 76ers were out-rebounded. Yup. You ready that correctly. It looked like they waived the white flag.
The Philadelphia Sixers played the Phoenix Suns without any starters except Shake Milton. It was fun to watch the guys compete, but this game essentially meant nothing. Mike Scott scored 17 points in 22 minutes, Raul Neto scored 22 points, and Alec Burks shot the ball well. Matisse Thybulle made sure Devin Booker earned his points, but foul trouble was a concern. The refs didn't help what-so-ever.
The Philadelphia Sixers lose to the Portland Trail Blazers as Damian Lillard drops 51 points. Joel Embiid left six minutes into the game with an ankle injury and did not return. Josh Richardson scored 34 points and actually performed well for the first time in a long time. The team fought hard and did everything they could without the big man and Ben Simmons, who left the NBA bubble to get surgery on his knee.
The Philadelphia Sixers beat the San Antonio Spurs thanks to a Shake Milton three-pointer with seconds to go in the game! There were some positives and negatives to take out of this game:
- Joel Embiid continues to dominate every single game. He is a difference maker!
- Tobias Harris is playing confident. He dropped 25 points
- Josh Richardson and Shake Milton bounce back big time
- Al Horford was +17 in 32 minutes
- The Sixers allowed 43 points in the fourth quarter
- Ben Simmons was abysmal and fouled out of the game.
- Brett Brown had ridiculous rotations including a fourth quarter lineup of Raul Neto, Furkan Korkmaz, Matisse Thybulle, Tobias Harris, and Al Horford.
The Philadelphia Sixers drop their final exhibition game in overtime to the Dallas Mavericks. Yes, they actually played extra time because we were all sitting on our couches thrilled to see the deep bench in big moments!
Joel Embiid was not in the lineup due to his calf injury, but Brett Brown stated that he expects Embiid to play in their first regular season game on Saturday.
After the team shot 26% in the first half and going 15-57 from the field, the 76ers showed fight in the second half led by Tobias Harris. Harris finished with 28 points and 11 rebounds.
Al Horford helped out by scoring 11 of his 14 points in the third quarter. Ben Simmons had a bad offensive night and only played the first half.
It will be interesting to see the rotation as the seeding games begins.