The Philadelphia 76ers are facing off against their West Coast Nemesis, the Los Angeles Lakers. The 76ers gave the Lakers all they could handle. One of the Laker’s major problems to deal with was Philly’s own Marcus Morris. They were making the best of every opportunity in the catch-in-shoot situation. He was 4-5 from the perimeter. They were putting up 16 points. Anytime the Lakers weren’t guarding him and Marcus Morris was left wide open, he would make sure the Lakers paid the pipper for that. Marcus Morris must have felt pretty good playing extremely well in front of his home crowd, and this city of brotherly love is getting behind you.
Benefiting from the Bench
Marcus Morris wasn’t the only one making the best of his opportunities. The 76ers bench, coming into the game, instantly contributed while playing defense in different formation zones. The play that stands out to me is the double coverage of Austin Reaves by Patrick Beverley and Robert Covington. Austin Reaves had no other option but to turnover the ball. The Lakers had difficulty coming up with offensive production throughout the game.
The 76ers bench is just coming huge when found wide-open. Marcus Morris, Patrick Beverley, Robert Covington, and even at the tale of the game, Mo Bamba went into the game and made an impact. With a nice dunk, he was hitting a three-pointer and a couple of rebounds. Nick Nurse mentally got that hungry dog out of the bench, which paid dividends.
A Cohesive Unit
The 76ers played four quarters of working like a cohesive unit from 1st to 4th quarter. The 76ers starting lineup got the ball rolling for the 76ers. The Los Angeles Lakers entered this game with a massive win over the Cleveland Calivers. Anthony Davis at 31 pts. It’s a little bit of a different story going against Joel Embiid in the paint. Joel Embiid was showing Anthony Davis why he’s the ragging MVP. Joel Embiid was causing the Lakers a lot of stress in the paint. The icing on the cake was when the Lakers would the lane. The Sixers would kick the ball out to the open man, allowing their open teammate to crate spacing and create shots.
Joel had a massive night with a triple-double, 30 points, 11, and 11 rebounds. The 76ers are now tied for the second-best team in the Easter conferences. Next up for the 76ers, they are heading down to face the New Orleans Pelicans. CJ McCollum may be back in the lineup—something this 76ers need to keep their eyes on.
Pat Bernard has four years of podcasting. His first year with the Pattison Ave Phantics and four years running Devereaux Sports. Now currently, both Devereaux Sports and Edge of Sports. Pat is a for 6 Philly sports fan. Flyers, Phillies, Eagles, Sixers, Wings, and Union. The Gobbler is a former pro wrestler and ACPW Hall of Famer! He is originally out of Ambler from Northeast Philly (by the Tacony Bridge). Pat is a credentialed Philadelphia Wings Beat Reported under Edge of Philly Sports.