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Sixers vs. Mavs Postgame Quotes: “I like what I’m seeing with our defense.”

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Brett Brown

On his biggest takeaway from the three scrimmages…

We play pretty good defense when we have our core players in the game. I think the first three periods of each of our games, I like what I’m seeing with our defense. I think that trying to uncover who are going to be some of those wing players that come in and assume major type of roles when the regular season comes around; I feel like we learned a little bit more in that capacity. Now we’ve just got to try to get Glenn [Robinson III], Joel [Embiid] and Raul [Neto] back on track. And those guys have played heavy minutes tonight, whatever it is now [11 o’clock] tonight, we hope to get them a good recovery session tomorrow.

On Alec Burks…

I mean, what I’ve tried to do since we’ve been down here is just tap into his scoring ability and, for the most part, we’ve done that by giving him the ball. That’s not always the way you need to do it; I could’ve looped him up and then put him in pick-and-rolls. We just gave him the ball; he’s effectively one of our backup point guards. And I think that what we’re seeing is he’s got an innate gift to score. He can create his shots all by himself and I think for me to play him the volume of minutes, especially tonight, when we really were sort of beaten up a little and I was trying to sub and keep the minutes low for Tobias [Harris] or Ben [Simmons] – I didn’t play Ben in the second half. He had to assume a lot on that point guard responsibility, given that I didn’t really want to extend Shake’s [Milton] minutes. I thought he did that well and we learned a bunch of things from the minutes that he played, I think, because of that.

On how he’d evaluate the team’s performance in the three scrimmages and what he’d like to see more of moving forward…

I think when you judge us on what did we do the first two-and-a-half periods – almost three periods – when you look at the body of work that our starters and key rotation guys did during that period, I’m happy. I think that our defense was elite. I think tonight that our three-point defense, as I said at the start, was good. I was happy with it during that time span. You’re always critiquing when you lose leads or what happened, why did that happen? For me, I’m looking at the bulk of the work by our key guys and when we rotated like we would in a normal game, I think there were many good things, highlighted by our defense. I look forward to getting Joel back. I look forward to seeing more of Glenn Robinson, I thought he showed some great promise, but I walk away from these three games definitely happy with the group as it related to those minutes that I just explained. And I think the spirit is maybe as good as it’s been.

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Tobias Harris

On feeling the need to build momentum going into the first seeding game on Saturday...

Yeah, we definitely did. We weren’t making too many shots in the first half, so the message in the locker room was to encourage each other, [have] confidence in one another and just go out there and play off each other — offensively. And defensively — I thought we had a pretty good first half, defensively, on them. Just [were] not making enough shots. So, we just wanted to really go out there and just play with one another. Al [Horford] got it going. And I was able to get some good buckets in transition and in the half court. So, just play off that energy before we get ready to get this thing going live.

On if he feels like he needs to clean anything up personally…

Obviously, in these games, it’s to get the rhythm, get your feel. For me, just slowing down a little bit. And I’ll watch film and I’ll progress. But I’m always looking to make improvements, see where I can flow offensively and see where I’m most needed to help our team win. That’s how I look at it. I think, overall, as a team aspect, I think these three games, we have a lot of positives to take from it and we’ll just ride with that. I’m pretty confident in our group, how we’ve been playing and how we’ve been practicing. So we’ll just look to ride off that.

On Joel Embiid’s absence and how ready the team feels after these scrimmages with the new starting lineup…

I think, obviously, coming into this new starting lineup, the biggest thing is our conditioning. So I thought that we came into Orlando with a good base of conditioning and being able to get out and run. Obviously, we’re going to continue to feel one another’s game out there, but I think the pace and the flow has been good. It would have been great to have Joel [Embiid] playing, but health is our number one goal. To get him right and to get him ready for when we open up. That’s on the horizon. But, I’m pretty satisfied with where we’re at right now, as we’ll continue to grow and get better. The biggest thing for us as a team is our vibe and how we approach game-to-game. And how we really try to build our chemistry throughout this time.

On advantages with Ben Simmons playing an interior position…

I think, for him, it brings him closer to the basket to be able to use his size, his strength, his ability to shoot over guys. He’s still efficient and he’s still impacting the game in transition. He’s able to just be closer to the basket, make plays, still pick the defense apart and play his game. So, I like the position for him. I think he fits there. You know, I’ve always seen Ben as a playmaking guy, but I think going forward he’s going to turn into an isolation-type guy at that elbow. I don’t think many guys can guard him. I think it’s just the growth and development of his game.

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Mike Scott

Daniel Cameron, we’re still waiting for justice for Breonna Taylor’s murder. Her murderers are still walking around. We’re still waiting for that. So, I still don’t know what’s taking so long. We still want justice and that’s all I’ve got. I’m going to continue to keep saying that every time I’m interviewed and keep stressing that. So, we still want justice for Breonna Taylor’s murder. So, that’s all I’ve got.

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