The Sixers travel to Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder in search of a much-needed bounce-back game following their loss to the Pelicans.
After a gut-punch of a loss against the New Orleans Pelicans, the Sixers look to get right against the worst team the league’s seen since the 2015-16 Sixers. The team seemed utterly disinterested last night against NOLA; hopefully, they find motivation tonight.
George Hill – Out (thumb)
George Hill is once again out, which at this point is surprising to no one. He will play one day, and it will be worth the wait, but until then, it’s certainly frustrating, especially considering the play of the bench.
Don’t expect Joel Embiid to play either unless he forces his way in, as they frankly shouldn’t need him, and he should be resting on a back-to-back.
Oklahoma City Thunder
Darius Bazely – Probable (shoulder)
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander – Out (hip)
Lu Dort – Out (concussion)
Al Horford – Out (old)
Mike Muscala – Out (ankle [allegedly])
Isaiah Roby – Out (concussion)
Josh Hall – Out (concussion)
The Thunder have a few players injured and even more who are being held out so that the team doesn’t win. It’s astonishing, honestly, that the Commissioner hasn’t stepped in. Considering the Sixers were supposedly ruining the integrity of the game, one would think the Thunder would be thought about the same way, and yet…
Key To The Game
Own The Paint
Even considering the Sixers will likely be without Joel Embiid, the focus should be on the paint. For whatever reason, this team refuses to shoot, and when they do, it isn’t pretty. Keep it simple, do what you do well, and own the paint.
Philadelphia needs a win in a bad way. Hopefully, they can pick one up against a team that’s trying to lose.