76ers struggle before making Magic, boos disappear

Keith Pompey, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

Published in Basketball

PHILADELPHIA — Doc Rivers mentioned that he really likes this 76ers squad before Monday night’s game.

Sure, the Sixers were hampered by a COVID-19 outbreak. They also had to deal with the injury bug. And Ben Simmons has yet to play in a game or get traded.

With all that, Rivers knows this team lacks rhythm and that it will takes time to build that.

That was obvious during Monday’s 101-96 victory against the struggling and depleted Orlando Magic. The Sixers (11-10) were far from sharp and championship ready in a game against the Eastern Conference’s worst team.

The Sixers basically stopped playing after the first quarter. They took out their main players and went through the motions.

Seth Curry was one of the Sixers few bright spots, scoring a team-high 24 points on 10-for-13 shooting.


Tobias Harris had 17 points and nine rebounds. Joel Embiid added 16 points and 13 rebounds in his second game back from COVID-19.

Embiid gave the Sixers the lead for good (95-93) with a pair of foul shots with 48.1 seconds remaining.

This matchup at the Wells Fargo Center was just the seventh time the Sixers played with their opening-day starting lineup.

It also marked just the third time this season that the Sixers were at full strength. But the last time that Danny Green, Harris, Embiid, Curry, and Tyrese Maxey all started before Monday was Oct. 30 against the Atlanta Hawks.


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