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While some of our A2D family members watched the Philadelphia 76ers game in person, I was at home on my couch enjoying the show Jimmy Butler (tonight’s bell ringer) and Joel Embiid put on.

It wasn’t a dominant night from either player, but both guys had a very well rounded evening. Butler was very balanced offensively. It was quite refreshing to see. He got his teammates involved, but also made a commitment early on that he was going to get his. You know he’s at his best when he’s getting to the free throw line. His defense was also much better than it had been in the last handful of games. The sequence in the third quarter when he turned the ball over, but subsequently blocked a shot on the other end was his night in a nutshell.

After the game, Brett Brown said it was one of his best performances as a Sixer and that in order for the Sixers to be the best version of themselves they need Butler to play like this every night.

 

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As for Mr. Embiid, it’s just nice to have him in the lineup consistently again. The Sixers defense is a completely different animal, for obvious reasons, when the big man plays. He swatted four shots and was all over the place on that end of the floor. However, he needs to slow down a bit. It was only his third game back and it’s noticeable at times. It’s causing him to do some really unnecessary things with the basketball.

The Tobi and Bobi connection is alive and well. Boban Marjanovic was pure theatre during his run in the first quarter. The defense didn’t matter. The Sixers were just throwing it into him and he was delivering. In the the third quarter, with the Kings on a bit of a surge, Tobias Harris and Marjanovic hooked up with each other on a few occasions and propelled the Sixers back in front and they never looked back.

It doesn’t just stop with those two, though. It’s beginning to look like the rest of the guys on the team are figuring each other out. Obviously, the cohesion isn’t where it needs to be, but it’s getting there, and that’s all that matters.

The Sixers will need to be in the right spots tomorrow afternoon as they’ll have their hands full with Giannis Antetokounmpo and the #1 seed Milwaukee Bucks. A statement win for the Sixers would be gigantic.