The NBA restart undefeated Phoenix Suns, stay undefeated with a 130-117 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday evening, which keeps their playoff hopes alive. With most of the Sixers starting lineup being riddled with injuries, the Sixers starters for tonight also known as “The Reserves,” were Shake Milton, Alec Burks, Matisse Thybulle, Mike Scott, and Kyle O’Quinn.
Ben Simmons had a successful surgery to remove a loose body from his knee and Joel Embiid was out with a left ankle injury but is expected to play again before the postseason. Tobias Harris and Al Horford were out with ankle and/or knee soreness but it is reported that this was pre-cautionary measures in order to keep the rest of the team healthy for the upcoming post season. Josh Richardson was listed unavailable for “rest.”
The reserves and the bench showed a lot of aggressiveness, team work, and hustle, but it was not enough for potential bubble MVP, Devin Booker. He is averaging 30 points since the restart and tonight finished with 35 points. Matisse Thybulle accumulated five personal fouls and one technical foul in guarding Booker, in which a couple were questionable.
Five of the Sixers had points in the double digits, with three of them being off the bench. Alec Burks finished with 23 points and Mike Scott with 17. Off the bench; Raul Neto finished with 22 points, Greg Robinson III with 15, and Furkan Korkmaz with 12.
A theme that emerged early in the game was Kyle O’Quinn’s play and statistics. He was one point away from his first ever triple double and proved that he is ready to play whenever he may be called upon.
The Sixers have two regular season games left and will play the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday at 6:30 PM and the Houston Rockets on Friday at 9:00 PM.