3 observations after Sixers’ chaotic comeback falls just short originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
Hours after being diagnosed with a small fracture in his left foot, Tyrese Maxey watched the Sixers play the Timberwolves in a gray sweatsuit, next to James Harden in a black hoodie.
They were spectators for a truly chaotic comeback Saturday night at Wells Fargo Center. Ultimately, the shorthanded Sixers fell just short of erasing a 20-point Minnesota lead and dropped to 8-8 with a 112-109 loss. Georges Niang missed a tightly contested three on the Sixers’ final possession.
In addition to Maxey, Tobias Harris, James Harden, Furkan Korkmaz and Jaden Springer were also out with injuries.
Joel Embiid had 32 points and nine rebounds. Shake Milton posted 27 points and De’Anthony Melton recorded 19 points, six assists and five steals.
Anthony Edwards scored a team-high 25 points for Minnesota.
The Sixers will face the Nets and Hornets in a back-to-back on Tuesday and Wednesday. Here are observations on their loss to the Timberwolves:
Offense a grind, though not impossible
The Sixers used the same starters as in the second half of Friday’s win over the Bucks, beginning the game with De’Anthony Melton, Shake Milton, Danuel House Jr., P.J. Tucker and Embiid.
Embiid and Tucker were sturdy when the Timberwolves tested their post defense in the early going. Rudy Gobert air-balled a lefty hook attempt, and the Sixers went up 11-5 when Embiid drove into the three-time Defensive Player of the Year’s body before converting an and-one layup.
Sixers head coach Doc Rivers noted Friday that the Sixers have recognized Tucker is best suited to guarding three through five. Indeed, while the veteran forward will sometimes cede a significant speed advantage against perimeter-oriented players, he’s looked better when the Sixers ask him to defend taller opponents and physicality is a major factor.
In general, the Sixers’ first eight or so minutes were promising. They’ll need shooters to fire without hesitation when defenses throw all their focus at Embiid, and Milton opened well in that department. He’d been just 2 for…
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Publish date : 2022-11-20 03:11:00
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