The Philadelphia 76ers had a bounce back victory against the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night.
After a rough loss against the Toronto Raptors a few nights ago, questions arose about the Philadelphia 76ers and its roster. It caused some panic, in the realm of the Sixers.
Thursday night’s win against the L.A. Clippers helped everyone forget that loss, as the Sixers prevailed through a game of highs and lows.
It began with the Sixers being dominant on both sides of the ball for the first half. The team had massive success against the Clippers, even reaching a 22-point lead at one point.
That all changed going into the second half, when the Clippers decided to unleash the 7-foot-3 secret weapon known as Boban Marjanovic off the bench. Marjanovic gave the Clippers a spark in the second half, and the team went on a massive run. At one point in the third, the Clippers even led by four.
The Sixers looked like they were throwing the game away, until Markelle Fultz returned in the second half for the Sixers. After checking in, Fultz provided scoring and slashing to the rim, giving some much needed ball movement to the team.
By the time the fourth quarter rolled around, the teams were going back and forth for the begining few minutes. It wasn’t until Joel Embiid scored the ball on multiple possessions that the Sixers finally pulled away, and came out with a victory.
So who was important in tonight’s victory? Let’s check out some grades below:
Clicking on this, you knew Joel Embiid was bound to have a good grade. Well, you’re right. The Process managed to have a special offensive outing, pouring in 41 points on a very efficient 50 percent shooting from the floor. This is the second game in a row in which Joel Embiid has shot the ball well from three.
It’s very promising to also see that Embiid has limited his turnovers for a large portion of this young season. He was very important in tonight’s win on both ends of the ball. The Clippers didn’t have a long term answer for him; having three different center’s defend him. I don’t know what it is about Joel Embiid and destroying L.A. teams, but it’s something that many of us can enjoy.
The numbers in the box score don’t do Markelle Fultz justice for his performance tonight. Fultz provided a much needed playmaking spark whenever Ben Simmons was moved to the bench for rest. It was very promising to see Fultz thrive as a playmaker for the team.
While you would’ve liked to see Fultz attempt more shots (especially threes), it was a very efficient outing for him. Markelle Fultz looked good on defense tonight, which is an area that he has been criticized in for his young career. Overall, this is a performance that Fultz should look to build on.
A lot of people panicked last game when Ben Simmons turned in a game with a career high of 11 turnovers. Thankfully, tonight was a different story for Simmons. He managed to have a very effective game passing the ball, netting in a game high 11 assists. Simmons looked under control for the entire game, and managed the tempo well.
The biggest storyline for Simmons and this game was actually shooting the ball. Coming into it, Brett Brown said he would like to see Ben shoot the ball more often; and that’s exactly what happened. Simmons shot three jump shots, which opened up his game to an extent. Make or miss, it’s very noteworthy that Simmons is now looking to attempt some jumpers.
It’s nice to see Robert Covington is continuing to have a successful season. While his offensive numbers don’t demand attention (even though he was very efficient), Covington loaded up the stat sheet in defensive categories.
He was an excellent off-ball defender tonight, and helped limit the Clippers’ plethora of talented wings. Robert Covington is essential to floor spacing for the Sixers. Him being reliable thus far into the season is very important to the team’s success going forward.
Over the past few seasons the Sixers have struggled in drafting late in the first round. Landry Shamet has shown that he may be able to shake that bad trend. Tonight he was a solid role player for the team, and contributed some nice scoring off the bench.
Shamet has been very good at replacing Marco Belinelli’s shooting. Tonight the Sixers even unleashed a Shamet-Redick-Simmons lineup that has shown it is more than capable of going on a run. Look for Shamet to consistently get 15-25 minutes a game going forward.
Overall, there is a lot to be happy about with this win. The team is beginning to solve many of its early season issues. It is nice to see the team getting back to a more consistent system on both ends of the ball.
The Sixers will play again this weekend and look to build on this win, playing in a back-to-back against the Detroit Pistons and Brooklyn Nets.