It’s all over but the crying. The Sixers have convincingly won the initial three games of this first-round series, and the Wizards looked to be searching their closets for their rods and reels towards the end of Game 3. Philadelphia will try to avoid playing with their food and close out the sweep tonight.
We don’t have a lot to discuss from an X’s and O’s standpoint at this point in the series. It’s glaringly obvious the Wizards don’t have the defensive options to defend the Sixers basically across every position. Bradley Beal has been doing his best on the offensive end, and Washington even got a strong Russell Westbrook performance in Game 3, but it still hasn’t been nearly enough. The Wizards are routinely sticking guards on 6-foot-11 Ben Simmons and 6-foot-8 and strong-as-an-ox Tobias Harris, while attempting to slow down MVP finalist Joel Embiid with guys who, well, to put it kindly, aren’t MVP finalists.
The Sixers starters have been tearing through the Wizards like tissue paper. Then, they bring in Matisse Thybulle to teleport everywhere and steal Washington’s lunch money, and Tyrese Maxey to go Mach 5 towards the basket, and things hardly seem fair.
From Philadelphia’s perspective, just get through this game healthy. Thus far, the Sixers have escaped any major injuries, only dealing with a couple brief ankle tweaks. The last thing the team needs is something like the Bucks losing Donte DiVincenzo for the rest of the playoffs with a tendon injury in his foot. Obviously, you can’t predict those things, but the Wizards aren’t providing an on-court deterrence, so we’ve moved on to existential threats.
Come out fast, build a lead, get the starters out early, and let’s sweep the Wizards so we can all move on to watching Trae Young game tape.
Who: Washington Wizards vs. Philadelphia 76ers
When: 7:00 pm ET
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, DC
Watch: TNT, NBC Sports Philadelphia
Listen: 97.5 The Fanatic