The Sixers now own their own road wins over the 52-18 Milwaukee Bucks and 47-21 Golden State Warriors, which is pretty damn good.
A fantastic Sunday afternoon victory they really needed. They did not need any old victory, since they have now demolished four rows, but they needed a statement victory, a solid W against a top Four Eastern Conference squad, to build trust and showcase to the larger NBA community Maybe this team has what it takes to get out of the second round. This gain was good for the mental health of Philly fans, writers, radio hosts and their spouses. It will give us a natural uphift for two days until Boston comes to town on Wednesday night and the Sixers come home from back to back on the second night.
But let us not be ahead here. Let's talk about the two weekend wins that I wrapped up in a Monday morning post, frankly because I was exhausted on Saturday morning and had to recharge the batteries.
I looked again at the last eight minutes of the Bucks game this morning, and that's what caught my eye:
- I liked Brett Brown's break around the eight-minute mark, which paused and that Essentially reset game when the Sixers did not grab a few loose balls after they had removed a three-pointer The side of the back wall and a balloon to another.
- Joel took too many three-pointers with and the one who stood out for me was the one when Giannis tried a three-mark after 7 minutes and he followed suit with his own attempt at the other end , After this failure he went to the next possession to the spin, and -1
- Jimmy Butler has been dealt an incredibly difficult job. One step back 22 feet? Do you drive directly to Giannis? This is an elitist high-level execution.
- I also liked Brett's break at 4:28 when Pat Connaughton answered Butler's three with three own answers. This was a different kind of "Timeout Kill" (19459004) and managing the game .
- Most of what the Sixers ran across the track was a simple pick-and-roll and a half-court. They did not go to their typical elbow or "12" sets, which I did not see. They went to a horn set where Ben was shut down before he came to the rim, which resulted in missing a Jimmy Butler 12 footer. They let it run again, this time with the elbow loop, around the mark of 1:15.
- Negligent sales with Joel in search of JJ backdoor when the offense turned into a two-man set around the 2:30 mark. That was the only poor thing they had on the track.
- Embiid's ballgame was wrong and the foul was dead from Milwaukee after two Khris-Middleton threes.
- After Giannis dipped and called all the Simmons He was a damn baby. Simmons stuffed a putback dunk in the face. What an outrageous order. I'm really glad that the speakers kept the pipes silent and did not ask any technical questions. Have adult men do an adult male sport.
- Originally, I had no idea what to do with the two timeouts under two minutes, because the show was only 10 seconds long on this camera on the Sixers bench. I'm not sure that the broadcast crew realized that Philly had taken a second timeout to get ahead of the ball, which was probably a smart move, considering they could not make it over halfway through the final game. In that case, you gave up the second timeout later to help yourself now.
- Just a random asterisk, but Malcolm Brogdon is a good defender, and his absence makes a difference out there.
I very much doubt Milwaukee shoots another 16-50 out of three. Nikola Mirotic will probably not be back for another 0-6-night.
Especially Joel Embiid just came to play. He looked energetic, attuned and up to the challenge. Similarly, he really capitalized on two big blocks to finish the Sacramento game, which was closer than I would have thought, considering the kings on the second night of a back-to-back game played in Boston on Thursday night.
And Jimmy Butler looked just as good as ever since he came to Philadelphia. If he wants to attack and is totally engaged at the offensive end, he's a good deal closer than the Sixers in more than a decade.
It's very interesting to see Giannis play, right? He's as much like Ben Simmons as he's attacking the basket, but he does not shoot the ball very well, though he's probably a year or two ahead of Ben, who are on the same bell-curve of growth.
Giannis is 25% three-pointer shooter this year, reaching 27.6% for his career. He beat 3-8 yesterday, which is really good for him, but also honest when I train the opposition. When he is outside, he does not lower his shoulder, comes to the edge and pulls fouls.
Modern analysis types, however, would love this recording format:
 No mediocre garbage. Only highly efficient, dirty stuff around the rim, supplemented by three-point shooting. The guy is the MVP, so you have to choose your poison, and I'll take my chances with eight three-point attempts instead of putting a 74% free-throw shooter one row at a time.
Embiid and Simmons were the most effective defenders of Giannis on Sunday, and Joel was the only Sixer to keep him under 50% during the watch.
So it all went against Antetokounmpo:
Giannis drew 6 of his 9 shooting fouls against Sixers, who were not named Embiid, while the other three 45 games against Joel denied. You can also see that Giannis was 5-5 from the ground if he was not guarded by Ben or Joel.
He said this after playing ESPN:
"It's easy," said Antetokounmpo. "I would rather guard Ben than Joel. It's easy. If Joel has been guarding me all night and he has done everything so harshly against you, if anyone addresses you – Jimmy [Butler] or Ben or [Mike] Scott or [Boban] Marjanovic – that's a lot easier. "
The Greek Freak will be in town in a few weeks, so we'll see him up close and build on what we learned Sunday.
Optimizing the Rotation
On Friday night, you saw Brett Brown change the representation of Ben Simmons pattern, which resulted in a group of Butler, Boban and Tobias Harris staying together on the ground while Joel and Ben's minutes were connected. In previous games, we'd seen Ben with Butler's former group as Butler when Brown experimented a little after the February trading period.
I like this trio because Jimmy Butler is a pick-and-roll and isolation player while Harris does so and has always known and played with Boban. Joel and Ben are familiar with the abilities of each other's players and have now played two seasons together in Brett's movement offense. It makes sense on paper.
The only thing connecting Ben and Joel was that the Sixers had no one to defend Giannis when they were not on the ground. Mike Scott has done his best, but if the two teams are playing again soon, Brett may have to look at it again because Boban will not be able to do it. On the other hand, it's like a game with chicken coaching – does Budenholzer Giannis leave the game to hunt this cheap matchup? He can not play the entire game, and eventually he will deal with Embiid again on both sides of the floor.
You must also remember that you at T.J. McConnell and JJ Redick pairings defensively emphasizing your backyard. That's another wrinkle to think about.
Nevertheless, that is mostly positive. At NBA.com, the Jimmy / Tobias / Boban trio played 92 minutes along with a net rating of 12.5, which is fantastic, though some of the minutes are of course played with Redick and Simmons while Embiid got injured. However, if there are nights on the track where Embiid and Simmons can sit at the same time, this lineup seemed to work pretty well in the last few games in the admittedly limited minutes.
Boban & # 39; s strengths and weaknesses were seen this weekend.
Weaknesses: Defending lateral movement in outer space
Strengths: Height, undervalued skill
First, the strengths. I have a belief that Boban's death and vision are a little underestimated and that part of his game is overlooked, simply because we are incredibly distracted, how tall he is, and how he makes some games look ridiculous.
I asked Brett Brown and Tobias Harris about it on Friday night, so, do we underestimate Boban's more extensive abilities because of his huge size?
I remember about two weeks ago, I saw these guys playing 1v1, it was Ben and Jimmy and 7 & 4 "Boban. He is clever. He can leave the post, he has ups and downs, he has right hand, left hand and he can make a free throw. If this is your point, that it's so big that you miss the point that it's good in other areas, I totally agree with you. He was a sensational pickup.
I think (it's like that) because guys really did not see him so much this year, just in spurts, but he has more to his game. We tried to get him to shoot a three (Friday night). There are more parts in his game that he has not released yet. He is also very strong in size. It is not easy to move easily. I think half the time he is being tortured is more than what his size calls him, but I think he will get more calls with more reps.
It's absurd that some things he does just look childish about how tall he is:
I wonder how effective he will be in the playoffs. You can not play him against Giannis, and Al Horford is too stretchy and slippery to fool around. After the first round in which you draw Andre Drummond or Jarrett Allen, we need to check whether more matches make sense to him, because I think he's a talented person who is not just big. You have to choose your places with Boban in your lineup because he is a unique man with unique strengths and unique weaknesses.
- Light breasts for Nemanja Bjelica, who agreed with the Sixers on Friday night In the summer before relegation and the decision for the ultimate go to Sacramento.
- Cheers for Ex-Sixer Corey Brewer, who wore fantastic glasses in his headband.
- The interview in the game must be shot in the sun. Serious. Brett Brown and Mike Budenholzer talk before the game AND after the game. You do not have to talk to the sub-report officer after the first or third quarter. Disappear forever.
- T.J. He had a few moments in the Bucks game, where he looked like an obstacle outside. The foul on Giannis at the end of the 1st quarter was such an atypical game for him.
- JJ shot well in both games. Looks like he was taken out of the radio he was in. The Sixers are so much better at beating early, which helps them get into an offensive rhythm.
- No sales issues this weekend, only 10 against Sacramento and 13 against Milwaukee. This average (11.5) would make the Sixers the number 1 in the league.
I'll leave you with the Giannis / Ben posters from earlier. I have to admit, if you do this for a living, there's not much that will trigger a response from you, but I've been panting twice while listening to these two games audibly, then I did it again while watching tape:
10 seconds later, Simmons head beats Giannis & # 39; s head and primal screams in the grill pic.twitter.com/fv9rhP4Bn9
– Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) 17. March 2019 19659048] Happy Monday.