The Sixers lost a gut-punch of a game against the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday Night. Rookie Tyrese Maxey had a breakout game but it was sadly tainted by the obvious exhaustion shown by the starters.
Before the second game of a back-to-back for the Sixers, the team seemed to have hit a huge stroke of luck. Not only did Kevin Durant miss the game but not long before tip-off, Kyrie Irving dropped off the flat earth.
Without their two stars, it seemed that Brooklyn had no chance to win, and they should have.
The Sixers’ starters though were just too exhausted in night two of the back-to-back. The team was extremely sloppy especially during the second quarter where they were outscored by 12 points.
The Sixers looked especially careless in the last five minutes of the quarter committing six of their 20 total turnovers.
It was an overall depressing night but there were a few interesting, perhaps even bright, spots.
Ben Simmons Shoots Again
Ben Simmons once again attempted a three and while it didn’t fall, it’s the thought that counts.
It may not have hit rim but it wasn’t the worst three-pointer the NBA has ever seen.
The confidence with which Simmons attempted the shot is what’s important here. He shot with reckless abandon and while it did fall this time, the only way he’ll get better is if he keeps shooting.
Tyrese Maxey’s Big Night
One of the major steals of the draft, Sixers’ rookie Tyrese Maxey had himself a night. He was active, engaged, and energetic.
Scoring 16 points making two of four three-pointers in 21 minutes, Maxey was as efficient as he was exciting. Rounding out his game with three rebounds, two assists, a steal, and a block, Maxey did a little bit of everything.
An early fan-favorite, Maxey is vastly outplaying his draft position and looks poised for a quality NBA career.
The big night is an early encouragement especially considering the Sixers’ bench is looking a little light these days. Hopefully, Maxey can continue to grow and contribute to this team.
Next Up for the Sixers
The Sixers will have a chance at redemption this Saturday, January 9th, against the Denver Nuggets. Tip-Off is at 3:00 PM EST and you can watch the game on NBA TV or NBC Sports Philadelphia.
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