The Philadelphia 76ers and Indiana Pacers matched up in a Friday night contest. The Sixers started off strong, but ultimately fell to the Pacers 113-101.
After a promising first half, the Sixers fell apart for the second half. Bojan Bogdonavic went off and dropped 11 points in the third quarter.
Let’s take a dive into some grades:
Joel Embiid continues to bounce back after his minor slump. Pouring in a massive 40 points, he deserves a lot of credit. Without his effort this game wouldn’t have been close whatsoever. It’s very impressive that Embiid put this stat line up against the likes of Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis — two quality centers. Joel shot the ball well (except from three), but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to get the win
Ben Simmons continues to go on his hot streak. It’s good to see that he continues to be aggressive on the offensive end. After all, it opens up his game. Simmons was a huge factor on the Sixers success in the first half, and was the only reason outside of Embiid that the Sixers remained competitive in this game. He continues to struggle from the line, but hopefully he can look to improve his percentages to the high 60s.
J.J. Redick had a somewhat productive showing for this game. Redick has been struggling as of late, but you’ll take him turning in a 20+ point performance any night. Redick was key in the Sixers trying to reclaim the game in the fourth quarter, but just couldn’t get it done. The team was over-reliant on him, which caused some bad shots. Hopefully Redick can get his elite shooting back up as time goes on.
T.J. McConnell turned in a solid overall performance. McConnell was a lone offensive spark off the Sixers’ bench, and managed to provide the team with some decent minutes. McConnell had some decent defensive plays which turned some steals and blocks into nice transition assists. While these numbers are typical of McConnell, it just simply wasn’t enough to get the team a victory tonight.
Unfortunately, that stat line is not a typo and neither is his grade. While it is known Wilson Chandler has a limited role with the team, this stat line just can’t happen. The team needs him to do more, especially with Jimmy Butler out of the line up. While Chandler had some decent rebounds and off-ball defensive plays, this is just unacceptable for a 30-minute performance. Hopefully, this was just a really off night for Chandler and not a glimpse into the future.
This is a forgettable game for most fans, and hopefully the team will add a healthy Jimmy Butler soon. They honestly need it.
The Sixers should also look to add depth. Their bench is awful at this point. The fact that fans can write off this as a loss by just looking at the bench is not good.
The Sixers’ next game is an away contest against the tanking Cleveland Cavaliers. This is the perfect game to bounce back from back to back home losses.