Earlier this month, the Sixers smoked the Bucks without their All-Star in Giannis, and in this late January game the Bucks smoke the Sixers who were without their All-Star. The Sixers go 0-2 on their back-to-back roadie as their miserable three point shooting performance leads them to a 107-95 defeat. Saric (0-8), Covington (1-8), and TLC (0-4) combined to go 1-20 from three-point land and James Young was the only Sixer besides Covington to make a three.
The Sixers fall now to 2-8 in games where Joel Embiid was not active.
Larry Drew was the only Sixer to finish with a positive +/- (+3) as the rest of the Sixers were either -1 or lower (Dario was a team worst -13).
Ben Simmons was one of the only bright spots of this game as he posted 16 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists and for the most part, played some pretty stellar defense on Giannis for the majority of the game, although Giannis did finish with points, 31 points, 18 rebounds, and 6 assists (10-10 from the line). A lot of those points came when Giannis switched on to James Young in the 4th quarter and went to work over the 6’6 guard.
While the Sixers shot 2-26 from 3 point land, the managed to go 21-23 from the line. The only two misses coming from Simmons and Holmes. So that’s good!
One other silver lining of this game was Richaun Holmes.
Richaun finished with 13 points and 6 rebounds (3 offensive, 3 defensive) and 12 of his points came of dunks. The only FGA he missed were the two three point attempts he had, and obviously he still needs to work on that shooting form. But in a game where our best 3 point shooters can’t buy a bucket, I can’t get too mad at him for trying to make something happen from outside.
Next game for the Sixers is Wednesday in Brooklyn against the Nets at 7:30. That’s right. It’s time for Joel vs Jahlil. Tune in.