The Portland Trail Blazers were too much to handle as they beat the Philadelphia Sixers 118-111 to give the Sixers their 8 loss this season.
The Sixers got Thybulle back on their roster
The Sixers are slowly but surely getting their starters back in action despite still missing their best player in Joel Embiid, who is expected to come back in the following week or two at the latest. Despite their valiant effort, the backcourt of Damian Lillard and CJ CJ McCollum was too much to handle as they combined for 57 points and led the Blazers to a much-needed win in front of their home crowd.
Matisse Thybulle came back for the Sixers, and after missing two weeks, he played 21 minutes said he felt good being back in action, trying to help his teammates.
"It came back quickly," Thybulle said. "For having two weeks without playing basketball, I felt pretty good to get out there and play decent minutes and to have the matchups I have. [It] was a tough assignment, but yeah."
Tyrese Maxey is growing as a player
Tyrese Maxey again led the Sixers in scoring with 28 points to go along with 9 assists, and Doc Rivers said he's growing as a player with every game. He is becoming more assertive and vocal, which is a good sign for the Sixers, who need that scoring burst to win more games.
"His focus keeps growing," said coach Doc Rivers. "His voice keeps getting louder. I'm just proud of how he's approaching games. I didn't think he had his best defensive night tonight. I thought he was into Lillard's body in the first game and I thought tonight he gave me too much room you just can't give him room. You can't because then you get picked and you're off and you're behind. Other than that, I thought he was fantastic."
Tyrese is proud he is a part of an organization that trusts in him and wants him to succeed because that makes him play extra hard, which definitely shows every time he steps on the basketball court.
"I have really great teammates and a really, really good coaching staff," said Maxey. "When those guys believe in me and trust in me, and they have my back, that's really all I need. To know that those guys have my back and the coaching staff has my back, the organization is helping me. I just want to go out there and play extremely hard and do whatever it takes to help us win."
The Sixers have two more road games against the Kings and the Warriors, after which they will finally play in front of their home crowd. So far, their trip on the road wasn't as successful as they planned, but it might be a blessing in disguise as players like Maxey really stepped up his game and show he is consistent and one of the bright spots of the Sixers season.