5 things we saw: Joel Embiid turns away from the media after Bucks win over Sixers


James Harden went on to 31 points against Milwaukee in the opening game at home.

Philadelphia 76ers They lost their home opener 90-88 Thursday night. This revamped Sixers team – one that has protested championship goals all season – got off to a disappointing 0-2 start.

All-Star player Joel Embiid looked sluggish in the first two games, perhaps feeling the effects of his long thumb injury. Conversely, James Harden is back as MVP of 2018, only this version has the team-first mentality. The Milwaukee Bucks outperformed the Sixers on their home ground. no excuses.

Doc Rivers He still fiddled with his alternations and admitted that it takes building chemistry. The coach manipulated a small ball lineup featuring PJ Tucker in the center for a stretch, pairing him with Danuel House Jr. and De’Anthony Melton, James Harden, and Tyrese Maxey. This loneliness sparked life in them, but in the end it was not enough. Next, a date with the San Antonio Spurs (October 22) at Wells Fargo Center.

$90, Sixers 88: 5 things we saw at the Wells Fargo Center

Joel Embiid looks rusty: This was supposed to be Joel Embiid Kobe year. Tired of early game exits and odd injuries, Big Fella enjoyed a quiet off-season for the first time in seven seasons. He has (mostly) stayed away from Twitter and only a few workout videos have been leaked. Embiid was fully functional, until the games started. The Runner-up MVP He looked out of reach for the second night in a row and finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds against Milwaukee. He had a horrific third quarter where he went to 0 for 5 en route to a dismal 6 of 21 shooting night. He left the arena without speaking for the media.

Matisse Thybulle vision: The defensive stopper He witnessed just 23 seconds last night against Boston, leading to speculation that he was officially knocked out of the Doc Rivers tournament. Maybe even in the trading block. Things didn’t get better between Thibault and Milwaukee. He scored in 9.0 seconds to go in the third quarter, then went straight back to the bench. He took another 9.1 seconds late in the fourth game to give him a combined 41.1 seconds over two games, and that’s from a man who started 50 games last season.

Beard Back: Speaking of top player aspirants, how about James Harden? Beard looks extra rejuvenated and stimulated after a strange 2021-22 campaign that saw him endure Troublesome hamstring injury And an awkward mid-season transition after his trade from Brooklyn. He’s done it all in this: the robbery goes to the leaky Tyrese Maxey, the alley-throwing goes to Danuel House Jr. , Play defense and grab two clutch heists. And score at will. Harden knocked out big bucket after big bucket in fourth, including 6 straight points to get him tied up at 80-80. He finished with 31 points, 9 assists, 8 rebounds, 2 steals. Harden had a chance to hit the game-winning float within 4.0 seconds, but he bounced back.

Get Therese Maxi Go: Before receiving information at Wells Fargo Center, Sixers Head Coach Doc Rivers was talking On how the team made a concerted effort to get Therese Maxi to fall behind in the opening game in Boston. It was heavy work, but Mad Max finally got it running. “I think we have to make him keep playing the whole game,” Rivers said. “Right now, even in pre-season, there are stretches where he goes away and we just have to keep him in attack mode throughout the game.” Maxi attacked more In the house opener, using his speed to reach the basket for easy throwing of the ball. However, his jumper is off. Maxi went 6 of 13 from the field for 15 points.

Brooke Lopez loves to play in Philly: Big man bucks Brooke Lopez Always has monster games vs Philadelphia. It is just one of those strange phenomena that no one can detect. The seasoned veteran did it again on Thursday: 17 points, including 4 triples and a swarm of squawks playing on the edge combined with a solid defense over Embiid. He didn’t release it at a high rate, but all of his bloodlines were a clutch. Lopez came in average 15.8 points in 30.3 minutes per game against the Sixers in 40 career games. Giannis Antetokonmo led Milwaukee with 21 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists. Lopez made a free throw in the final seconds to make the score 90-88.


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