A couple of nights ago, the winless Sixers had a lead against the Indiana Pacers in the 2nd half only to lose it by a score of 122-115 with some rough shooting and rough defense down the stretch in the 4th quarter and in overtime. But tonight the Sixers get another shot at the Pacers as they close out their first home-and-home series of the season, except only this time the Sixers are home and Joel Embiid is expected to see some minutes tonight.
It's been a rough start of the season for Sixers and in particular coach Brett Brown who has come under fire a lot recently for his game management and play design now that the Sixers are beginning to look beyond simply The Process and player development and into more tangible results-based thinking. But some relief may come tonight for Brown. With Robert Covington breaking out of his slump on Wednesday night, Embiid seeing minutes, and the Sixers getting a home game tonight perhaps a better outcome awaits the Sixers coach.
As for the Pacers themselves, though they are 4-4 the Pacers have not exactly been inspiring to start the season and their overtime win against the Sixers on Wednesday night was hardly the game where the Pacers broke out, needing overtime to defeat the Embiid-less Sixers. They are a mediocre team that has witnessed some dreadful point guard play from once Sixers trade target Jeff Teague, and most importantly to a team like the Sixers they are beatable. Is tonight the night for the first win of the season? Maybe.
For more on the game, check out the following preview from numberFire.