Three Normal Things: Sixers Vs. Bucks
Three Normal Things
Adam Aaronson, whose legal name is Sixers Adam (@SixersAdam on Twitter), covers the Sixers for The Rights To Ricky Sanchez. He has been legally banned from covering the team in person, and when that ban was set to be lifted, Covid-19 struck. He believes cantaloupe is the best food in existence, and is brought to you by the Official Realtor of The Process, Adam Ksebe.
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#1: That first half was fine, actually
The first half of this game was absolutely bonkers. Milwaukee knocked down 13 threes -- which felt more like a million -- en route to 77 first-half points. Every time the Sixers began to chip away at the double-digits lead, the Bucks would stop them in their tracks.
Of course, going down big is never a good thing. And the Sixers left much to be desired defensively. But at some point, you have to tip your cap to a Milwaukee team that could not be stopped.
Despite being down big early on, the Sixers refused to let the deficit become fatal. They dug their heels in and did not let the Bucks run away with it and put the game away early on. They deserve credit for that.
#2: Welcome back, Tobias Harris
Tonight marked the return of the previously-injured Tobias Harris, who has enjoyed a career-best season in his second full year as a Sixer. Immediately, Harris resolidified himself as the team’s primary offensive weapon in lineups not featuring Joel Embiid.
With Embiid’s workload already being of tremendous size, the Sixers have needed every little bit of production they have gotten from Harris. His combination of offensive abilities -- most notably, his capabilities as a scorer at all three levels -- has allowed the Sixers to not only survive, but at times flourish without their crown jewel in Embiid.
The Sixers’ comeback efforts never quite materialized into something serious, but when they got close, it was thanks in large part to Harris and the safety that comes with his scoring ability.
#3: Shake Milton read our tweets
Milton has been absolutely brutal of late, including a disastrous performance last night against Phoenix. But tonight, Shake was in his element, giving the Sixers some excellent minutes off the bench.
Milton did all of the things he does when he’s at his best -- he shot the ball well on spot-ups, generated offense for himself and others out of the pick-and-roll, made the right decisions and took care of the ball.
With the playoffs sneaking in soon, getting Milton right should be one of the team’s top priorities. Tall, long combo guards who can shoot don’t grow on trees.