After arguably the most anticipated preseason game in a long time the Philadelphia 76ers under new coach Doc Rivers opened with a starting lineup of:
This season the NBA left the bubble and the SIXERS and all teams will play in their own arenas. And although things looked slow at the Wells Fargo Center at first, the spacing and ball movement that many hoped they would see under new coach Doc Rivers began to take shape.
After it was over The Sixers walked away with a 108 – 99 victory leaving everyone with a good sense of optimism. Which is what SIXER fans wanted.
With all due respect to former Sixer Coach Brett Brown, the Sixers needed a change and if game one of the preseason is any indicator, a change has definitely come.
Joel Embiid only played the first half but it was enough of a half for him to score 18 solid points. New additions Seth Curry and Danny Green provided just what we thought. Good open looks including threes and good spacing. Ben Simmons was Ben Simmons quietly finishing with 10 points, 6 assists, and 2 rebounds. A bright spot was rookie Tyrese Maxey of Kentucky who came in the fourth quarter to add a spark. With 12 minutes of play, he had eight points, six assists, and one rebound. Providing a lot of energy off the bench from the point guard position.
Defeating the Boston Celtics even in preseason is always a good thing. Coach Rivers former team has been known to give the Sixers fits. But this time there seems to be a difference. One that fans are anticipating and looking forward to. —