Thursday, January 20 2022

The Philadelphia 76ers entered this matchup with the Chicago Bulls a bit undermanned as they are still missing Ben Simmons due to his own personal reasons, but they were also missing Tobias Harris and Danny Green. Luckily for them, they were able to have Joel Embiid return while also having a ton of depth.

Seth Curry scored 22 points and five rebounds and Embiid had an all-around game of 18 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists as the Sixers were able to come away with a 103-98 win over the Chicago Bulls at home. Both Curry and Embiid made some huge plays down the stretch to win this game. The win is Philadelphia’s fourth straight as they were able to sweep the 4-game homestand.

Georges Niang was again great off the bench as he scored 18 points, Tyrese Maxey added 14 points and six assists, Furkan Korkmaz added 11 and five rebounds, Shake Milton had seven, and Matisse Thybulle had eight and three steals.

Here are the player grades following the win:

Tyrese Maxey: A

Maxey was quiet offensively to start this one as he only took three shots in the first half, but when he did decide to take matters into his own hands, he made a strong move to get to the basket and found success finishing at the rim. He had three assists at halftime as he is continuing his progression as a real point guard in this league and for this team on offense. On top of that, he did not commit a turnover in this one and that is huge for him as a young player. He is still a work in progress, but there is obvious improvement in each game.

Seth Curry: A

The veteran out of Duke appears to be adding different ways to score. There were a few times to start this one where he would drive to the basket and score off a floater or be able to find the right angle on a layup. Obviously, he’s got such a cannon from deep, but his ability to be able to score in other ways is going to be such a huge addition for him. He drilled a huge shot with 10.7 seconds left to preserve the win for the Sixers.

Furkan Korkmaz: A

Philadelphia starting Korkmaz was not much of a surprise considering his offensive help for them, but he started off guarding DeMar DeRozan to start this one and he did not back down. Korkmaz did a really good job against him to start as he forced him into tough looks and he even blocked one of DeRozan’s looks in the low post. It was a really solid defensive performance for him.

Matisse Thybulle: A+

Look, whenever Philadelphia can get offense out of Thybulle, it is a good night. He knocked down a spot-up triple in the first quarter and he shot it with confidence, no hesitation in the shot. That is something that has got to continue in order for him to take that next step for the Sixers. He is already elite defensively. He was a plus-17 in the first half and he made life miserable for Zach LaVine, Lonzo Ball, and DeRozan, but if he can just become an average 3-point shooter, it would be huge for both him and the Sixers.

Joel Embiid: B

The big fella did his normal thing out there for the most part. Shots just weren’t falling for him which happens in basketball. After taking off a game to rest his knee, he did look like h was moving a bit better out there, and he was making very good reads off the double teams to find his teammates some open looks. His improvement in the passing area is what has been the most impressive thing about his game. He was picking apart Chicago’s defensive coverages all while picking and choosing when it was time for him to score and get his own. The maturation in his game has been a joy to watch.

Shake Milton: B-

The fourth-year guard out of SMU came in and he made an impact right away. He knocked down his first two shots as he continues to be a source of instant offense and his return as a ball-handler takes a lot of pressure off Maxey and others to really handle the ball. The only real setback for him was a couple of turnovers he had in the third quarter.

Georges Niang: A+

Once again, Niang came off the bench and he gave the team a big spark. He had 12 points in the first half as he knocked down a couple of 3-pointers, he was able to get to the basket, and he was aggressive off the ball as well. He cut to the basket and he was able to make himself available on that end of the floor and his shooting has been a huge addition for Philadelphia’s bench unit. Niang has been very good for the Sixers to start the season.

Andre Drummond: C

There is a lot to like about Drummond’s game, but then there are some maddening things that can be bothersome. He made a lot of really nice passes on the offensive end, per usual, but he also had a few bad turnovers while also trying to do too much on offense. He tried to go 1-on-1 a few times and he forced a bad shot. He was mostly neutralized on the glass as well as the Bulls did a good job of making sure they put a body on him.

Isaiah Joe: B

With the loss of Green, that means the Sixers will give Joe another look out on the floor. He only played five minutes, but he was able to move without the ball and find himself an open look from deep and he shot it with confidence. He did struggle on defense, but he is still so young. He will figure it out.

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Source: Yahoo Sports

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