World news – Instant observations: Shorthanded Sixers blow the kings out to finish the homestand


March 20, 2021

Tobias Harris had a breakout game when the understaffed Sixers dominated Sacramento.

The Sixers won their last game before a long road trip with a 129-105 win over the Kings, falling behind Tobias Harris’ strong 29 points.

• When the inactive were announced for the game on Saturday night , a number of jokes were thrown around on social media with the effect: « Well, Tobias Harris is better off for 40! » He may not have gotten there against Sacramento, but it’s hard to basically find a flaw in his performance as Philadelphia’s alpha dog as Harris dominates the Kings all alone.

Getting there was different than usual. Sure, Harris regularly fed on his usual threesomes and pull-up shots from midfield, but after Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons paused, it was up to him to attack the rim to make up for their absence. Harris did some of his best work as an attacker against the Kings year-round, penetrating the chests of Sacramento’s shot blockers and shooting through or around outstretched arms. For most of the first half, he felt like he couldn’t go wrong.

If it had been a close game, Harris would probably have reached the number he was committed to. But he did something far more important, putting in the efforts of a leading man and buying most of his major rotation players extra rest on the front end of a back to back. As everyone saw in the Milwaukee loss earlier this week,

We couldn’t say this often last season for a variety of reasons, but games like this are why you pay a man like Harris $ 180 million, to stick with it. He was the lead light on the offensive (admittedly against a putrid defense of the Kings) that the rest of the group turned to when a property fell to pieces or they wanted to stop a mini-run from Sacramento, and he basically came up for it every time through.

• There haven’t been many moments this season when you could credibly say Danny Green was Philadelphia’s best player on the floor. His time finally came in the first quarter of the Sacramento win, when Green lit the Kings on one end and interfered with everything they were trying on the offensive.

Green picked a hell of a time to light it out of three , and I think his constant presence should not be overlooked when we discuss the reasons for Philadelphia’s success this season. When Embiid leads them with a post-centric attack in the corner, Green waits in the corner to shoot a three. When Simmons accelerates the pace and the color collapses, Green waits in the corner to shoot a three. If you have three starters and … well, you have the idea.

He’s had more defensive problems in the coming season than I expected – Green’s work against faster guards has been pretty miserable – but he’s an accomplished team defender, who is always where it’s supposed to be, and as a result, it’s constantly blowing games into the air. Green is the type who can make any defensive group a little better and the Sixers needed it badly on Saturday.

• Some of Matisse Thybulle’s defenses are absolutely contrary to belief. Maybe one day we’ll all be pampered when we see him producing highlights at least once or twice a night, but for now, moments like these have to get you going at least a little bit.

Suffice it to say, the block Developing on your own, but it takes great reflexes, hand-eye coordination and body control to focus on the ball and save it for your team without going out of the way.

Aside from the highlights it was Thybulles main contribution to the game his superb defense against Kings point guard De’Aaron Fox. When the two teams met on the opposite coast earlier this season, Thybulle’s defense against Fox in the second half was a big reason the Sixers got away with a win. This time, he had to accept the assignment from the start to prevent Fox from even playing a role. Rivers would move him a little while the game went on, sticking him to the incandescent Buddy Hield.

• Shake Milton was almost the only one on the roster who couldn’t make it early in the game. After Philadelphia got off to an excellent start, the usual sixth man who became the passing starter had a miserable time. He opened 1/7 of the field and was leveled on the edge at some of those games.

But there was something to be said for the process behind his attempts, and it eventually broke in his favor. Milton took advantage of the Kings’ porous full defense, deploying their shot blockers head-on as misses turned into free throws that turned into a bit of momentum, and from then on it was a decent 20-point performance for Milton who eventually rolled to / p> • Tony Bradley and Dwight Howard do their jobs in very different ways, with very different lineups. They have one thing in common: Both guys run across the floor giving their teammates targets to hit if the Sixers stop and the pace accelerates.

Bradley was the bigger beneficiary of his own hard work on Saturday night. With Simmons out with knee pain, Harris was often the guy to take the Philadelphia break, and he kept calling Bradley’s number whenever he hit his husband on the floor and / or sealed it in paint. It’s been another extremely efficient night for Bradley, who’s had some of these lately, and his ability to get out of the cold store to be an effective role-player was a big part of why they have survived major absences lately.

On the flip side, Howard is growing at warp speed into his favorite role as a fan. By the time opponents try to stop him from doing an offensive rebound, it’s almost always too late. Howard is the guy with a lower position, better hop to catch the rebound, and more likely chance of fouling it. When he inevitably does the piece, he has also learned that he has an audience ready to go crazy for him, and he pounds it whenever possible.

• You can see how that works out Label changes. I feel like I don’t have to see anymore.

• Okay, so the All-Bench / Young-Jungs group that closed the third and opened the fourth fits into this designation. If you have to bring back the entire starting line-up with 10 minutes of play, that will be counted as a missed opportunity.

It was nice to see Tyrese Maxey burned himself, with Philadelphia’s promising rookie basically being completely eliminated from the rotation if he did was completely healthy. And even though he had a nice little evening on the offensive himself, he won’t put himself back in the coach’s good graces if he doesn’t defend better.

• Boy, I know the kings with the worst defenses of the league have entered this game, but it is truly remarkable how terrible they are on defense. I suppose it makes enough sense – they’re filled to the brim with people who have little or no control over the defensive end of the floor. It’s a big reason I wouldn’t read too much into this game from Philly’s point of view, but good for them if they take care of the business and kick the ass of a bad team the way they should if it hurts are or not.

(I’m sure not all fixated on the former big Sixers man, but that has always been one of the problems with Richaun Holmes. He plays hard and is damn good offensively, but his defensive instincts are as scattered as it just works.)

Kyle Neubeck

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