After all the excitement of the past two days, a basketball match in real life was to be played on Friday.
The Sixers unveiled their new starter group, which had been touted as the second-best NBA unit before being knocked down. The Nuggets discovered that it was not just a hype.
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It's hard for things to live up to this hype, but in the beginning it turned out that the heavyweight, who is the first of the Six, might well run Denver right out of the building.
"I think when we watch a movie of this game – and even in this game, you can see – there were pockets in the game where you said:" Dang. " scary thing here, "Harris said. knew the talent from a distance, but I could play and see him today, seeing how much space there was on the court and on the playmakers. "
Of course it was not perfect. There were times when the guys were almost a bit disinterested, making decent looks for the extra pass. Defensively, there were problems, one of the main reasons why the Sixers – led by 16 players in the first half – ended up in a dog fight.
Joel Embiid, who was battling a stomach virus, shot 4 out of 17. Ben Simmons had nine turnovers.
All that mattered at the end, while JJ Redick had 34 points, a high in the season. Jimmy Butler was quite excellent with 22 points and Harris with 14 points.
The first basket of Harris could be the first of many others. Simmons grabbed the ball over the edge, pushed it to the ground and threw a cross-linked frozen rope to Harris on the wing for three.
There were times when the movement of the balloon was a thing of beauty. The bullet never seemed to stick.
"I think we all feel the responsibility to take this circumstance, this situation, into all of our sporting lives – it may sound cliche, but it's true – and maximize it," Brown said. "And in this fantastic atmosphere of basketball and the local crowd and the deployment of our new team were a real treat, it was for me." To see our guys and see [Simmons] with new teammates was something special. The responsibility, the opportunity, this extraordinary crowd at home – we wanted to capitalize on that. I think the momentum can easily grow from this basic type. "
While the Sixers won a basketball game against a good team, the atmosphere in the arena was more like a party. A group of fans showed his love for Elton Brand – who was at his usual seat in the press space – chanting "Thank you, El-ton".
What Brand did is nothing short of spectacular. As the first general manager, after playing his last game in the NBA less than three years ago, Brand was the league's second-best league. Not bad for a guy who has been working for less than five months.
With this kind of firepower come expectations, but that does not mean that these guys are not going to enjoy it.
"It's funny because after the match, someone sent me a text message and sent me a video of me smiling after a play and I'm not sure what's going on." "It's literally the first time I've seen a smile in a game," said Harris. "And I said to myself:" You do not lines ". . & # 39; It was cool to see. It was fun there. I really enjoyed myself. "
Sixers fans hope that entertainment is just beginning.
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