It is an understatement to say that the Sixers has not been varnished in terms of injuries since the start of the season.
In turn, Joel Embiid, James Harden, Tyrese Maxey and Tobias Harris have missed several games and, currently, it is the Harden/Maxey duo that is missing in Pennsylvania…
Obliging at the same time Doc Rivers to reorganize his backcourt, without its two usual holders in the 1/2 position. A grace for De’Anthony Meltonand most of all Milton shook his head.
Why? Simply because, unlike Melton, Milton wasn’t (or isn’t) really part of his coach’s recovery plans.
Milton bided his time
It first chained the “DNP” then the brief appearance, the 26-year-old took advantage of James Harden’s injury to regain playing time of about twenty minutes, without even shining on the bench (6.6 points ).
But “thanks” to the absence of Tyrese Maxey, he got the starting place where he quickly adapted.
For three games (one victory), the thin Shake Milton found a rhythm and gained momentum: 21.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists on average (in 38 minutes), 58% on shots, 50% on 3- pts and 88% on throws!
Standing on both sides of the floor, especially when he has to run to project himself in transition.
” That’s why you work hard and always focus on what’s going on in defense. This is also what we find offensive. This way the counter attack can be as smooth as possible “, he elaborated tonight, after his family’s defeat in Charlotte.
Merging Melton Express
As for the hyperactive De’Anthony Melton, who arrived in the summer from Memphis, things are a little different in Philadelphia.
Initially used as the sixth man (7.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.3 steals in return), he moved to the five once Joel Embiid and/or James Harden were on the sidelines (13.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.4 initial blocking).
It must be said that, beyond being productive and efficient the moment he steps on the floor, Doc Rivers has blind faith in the former Grizzlies player and he also unites with his teammates. .
” I always tell him that I want him to play more, because he is one of the few who can pass on the ground “Explained for example Joel Embiid, after the victory against the Bucks last Friday. ” He plays the pick-and-roll very well and he showed that, controlling and making the right passes every time. »
Same story with Shake Milton: “ De’Anthony [Melton] is a kind of Swiss army knife, he is someone who knows how to play in different positions and does a lot of things on the pitch, so it makes life easier. It’s fun to play with him “, he judged about his friend in the back lines of the Sixers, who averaged 20.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 4.0 steals for three games.
Full of confidence, Shake Milton like De’Anthony Melton doesn’t fail to respond as their coach gives them more power, particularly with the ball in hand. This bodes well for Philadelphia, which is still struggling to move up in the standings (9th in the East, with nine wins and nine losses)…
” These are the guys we’re going to need and they’re going to show up “, Joel Embiid hopes for them.
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