Knicks crush Sixers on national television
This is the first Sixers recap I’ve done for Liberty Ballers in five seasons. Unbelievably, tonight’s team looked like the one I had left previously: no leadership!
My reaction? I’m not happy. Is a random loss in October, as deep as that smackdown may have been, the final analysis of this team’s position in the 2022 season? Of course not. I’m tasked with discussing the game at hand though. Nothing more. Nothing less. It was not a good evening. It was akin to a botched Thursday night football performance. The Knicks ended a 15-game losing streak against the Sixers. Ouch!
I’ll be using a recap format I’ve used for different posts in the past: my 1-2-3-4-5-Sixers takeaways from the game. Here are six observations of the team’s 112-99 loss. against the Knicks in New York:
- The energy and vibes in the second quarter, when things really started to fall apart for the Sixers, were horrible. The Knicks were pushing the pace with Kemba Walker, Derrick Rose and Immanuel Quickley. The Sixers were gassed. Considering his health background and being the best Sixers player (and best big man in the league), this tired game was most notable with Joel Embiid. He plays injured. He didn’t quite seem himself. Again, it’s October. How about sitting the guy down for a game on Thursday?
- Even in the second half, when it became clear that the Sixers were on course to lose, the offense lacked aggression. Tobias Harris and Tyrese Maxey were undecided, throwing the ball around the arc at random. Guys, you lose over 20 points in a regular season game. There has never been a more auspicious time to throw up three with reckless abandon in the hopes of making some noise and turning things around, even if only for a moment.
- Furkan Korkmaz, who I adore for having no hesitation in throwing shots, had two of the worst float attempts I’ve seen from an NBA player. I wish you could put Korkmaz’s lack of self-awareness in Harris in the hope that the $ 180 million man would play a little looser and be more assertive. I don’t hate Kork! I bought his jersey on Fanatics last week. I will wear it to the next game I attend. I live up to his commitment to strike back in the fourth quarter. Bring this energy on November 11 when I’m home!
- There is the idea of young players having a “swing skill”, a potential development in their games that will change the trajectory of their careers. The obvious thought for Maxey in his sophomore year might be his shooting, but he’s improving as a finisher and his ability to make contact in paint is even more important to me. I said the same about Ben Simmons and his infamous shooting problems. Maxey had a great and-1 move in the first quarter and a few other mind-blowing moves around the rim, but I want to see more. This will become invaluable when he attacks liquidations and diversifies his offensive arsenal.
- I’m shocked this isn’t an Alec Burks revenge game. If you had told me what the final score would be earlier today, I would have assumed Burks had made his best impression of Steph Curry at MSG. Unfortunately, that means the Sixers are still expected for such a game from Burks later in the season.
- BEN SIMMONS ALWAYS NEVER LOST TO KNICKS.