Tobias Harris, the new “stopper” of the Sixers
In a revengeful mood after seeing their seven-game winning streak end on Monday against the same opponent, the Sixers was able to get up against the Magic last night. But it was hooked again and it took them until the second half to make the difference.
Thanks especially for the performance of Tobias Harris in defense. Sent on a mission to Paolo Banchero, who could not continue in the last game (29 points), the winger helped kill the number 1 of the last Draft, limited to only 2 small points and 1/10 in shots (including 0/ 3 to 3- point) after the break.
” He was good, he assumed, taking this conflict in hand. [Paolo] Banchero played well, but we did a great job against him and especially [Tobias] “, judged after the fact Joel Embiid (28 points, 11 rebounds), the leader of Philadelphia with James Harden (26 points, 10 assists, 9 rebounds).
Before halftime, Paolo Banchero seemed to be on his way to another great performance against the Sixers (11 points, 4/8 on shots, including 0/3 from 3-points), but Tobias Harris decided to take care of his case ( with PJ Tucker and especially Georges Niang, even James Harden) and that put the rookie from Orlando in dire straits.
” He is not only good at rebounding or cutting through passing lines, because he is also a super strong and very versatile defender. “, said Matisse Thybulle, to his teammate.
Importantly, this versatility allows Tobias Harris to defend outside, but also inside, depending on what the physiognomy of each match requires.
” Against the Nuggets, he defended [Jamal] Murray at the end of the match and, this time, it was on [Paolo] Banker “, recalled Matisse Thybulle, Philly’s defensive specialist. ” He just keeps raising his voice in defense and is very consistent in attack as well. »
Because, as his Australian teammate points out, Tobias Harris is also doing the job offensively, not falling below the 10-point mark for 13 games now and posting an average of 16.0 points on the season (in 53 % on shots, including 35% on 3-point). Proof of his worth with Joel Embiid and James Harden of course…
|2017-18 *||All Teams||80||33||46.0||41.1||82.9||0.7||4.7||5.5||2.4||2.1||0.9||1.3||0.4||18.6|
|2018-19 *||All Teams||82||35||48.7||39.7||86.6||0.8||7.0||7.9||2.8||2.2||0.6||1.8||0.5||20.1|
|2018-19 *||The PHL||27||35||46.9||32.6||84.1||1.2||6.7||7.9||2.9||2.3||0.4||1.6||0.5||18.2|