The Sixers had their second of three scrimmages Sunday afternoon. This time they faced off against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The biggest difference from Friday? They are with out All Star Center Joel Embiid who is nursing a calf strain an was not available to play today. The Sixers looked to get a good look at alternative line ups that don’t include the multi faceted big man.
Philadelphia started a line up of Shake Milton and Josh Richardson at the guards, Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris at the forwards, and Al Horford at center. The loss of Embiid was evident from the offset as the Sixers gave up 3 straight layups to start the game. However, the defense did settle down the rest of the way. Philly was able to stretch their lead at the end of the quarter thanks to some deadly 3 point shooting. The Sixers were 6 of 10 from distance in the first quarter and lead 31-26 after 1
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The Sixers continued their hot 3 point shooting in the second quarter with Glenn Robinson III getting in to the action. Philadelphia locked in on defense early in the quarter stretching a 5 point lead out to 11 and limiting OKC to just 2 makes out of their first 9 shots. Philly kept the pedal to the medal, and the pressure on for the entire 12 minutes and went in to the half with an 11 point lead 55-44.
The Sixers waisted no time getting to work in the third quarter as they stretch the lead at one point to 21. Ben Simmons had his way with OKC in the third either dishing or finishing himself. The three ball continued fall in the 3rd as Milton hit from deep to push the lead to 24, with a score of 81-57. OKC used some long range shooting of their own, and took advantage a terrible Philly bench, to chop away at the lead a little toward the end of the quarter. Philly lead after three 81-70.
As was the case in the first scrimmage game, the Sixers bench showed their offensive ineptitude late. A 24 point lead dwindle down to 2, in what seemed like a matter of minutes. Philly for long stretches couldn’t buy a bucket. Furthermore, the bench was even worse defensively, giving up open 3 after open 3 and putting themselves down late and eventually losing a game they lead by as many as two dozen, by two possessions.
Final Score: Thunder 102 Sixers 97