76 players aim to get back on track against faltering magic

76 players aim to get back on track against faltering magic


Philadelphia 76ers is still work in progress.

Even after All-Star Joel Embiid returned after a three-week absence due to COVID-19, the Sixers fell 121-120 in double overtime to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday.

The Sixers will be looking to recover on Monday when they host the struggling Orlando Magic.

Embiid made an impressive comeback with 42 points and 14 rebounds, marking the 14th time in his career that he’s scored at least 40 points and 10 rebounds in one game.

But with the Sixers’ lineup changing almost every night, they seemed out of sync for large parts of the game.

“You know, it brought everyone back together,” Embiid said. “We basically had a new lineup in the beginning.” “Guys are out, I just came back, Tobias (Harris) just came back, but that’s no excuse. We dug a hole in the beginning. It was hard to get back in, but we basically did it. We had to put a lot of energy into it.” So next time we should definitely start the games better.”

Harris added 17 points and nine rebounds in his return from missing two games with a sore thigh. But the hip seemed to bother him at times.

The Sixers will go as far as the Embiid will take them this season. In his first game after COVID-19, she wasn’t too shabby.

“Listen, we lost, and Joel was great, but we still lost the game,” Sixers coach Doc Rivers said. “And Joel was going to take 30 and win, if you know what I’m saying. But he was great. He played a lot of minutes. Something you don’t know from COVID. Give him credit. Obviously, he was working, and he showed us.”

Magic will hope to avoid a seventh straight loss when they battle the Sixers.

Orlando lost 105-92 to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday. Wendell Carter Jr. led the way with 19 points and 11 rebounds for the 10th double this season.

The injury-ravaged Magic played without Cole Anthony (ankle), Mo Bamba (back), Michael Carter Williams (ankle), Jonathan Isaac (knee), Markel Foltz (knee) and Etwan Moore (knee). In addition, Terrence Ross sat in the second half with a backache.

“This is kind of an NBA,” said Ruben Lopez. “There will be a lot of different scenarios.” “You have to play through it. You have to keep playing.”

Magic dropped to the Eastern Conference – Worst 4-17.

“There are no excuses, but the guys we were there gave her everything they had,” said Magic coach Jamal Mosley. “Cleveland did a great job and stayed in attacking position throughout the game.”

Orlando made only 8 out of 32 shots from a 3-point range. More than that, the choice of shot has been called into question at times. With such a young group competing due to the streak of injuries, perhaps it’s also understandable.

“The mental aspect of that is more important than physical fatigue,” Franz Wagner said. “Everyone is going to be tired in that second game. …It’s a challenge too. I think you can handle it like that. There’s no reason to complain about the schedule. Everyone has to do it, and I try to treat it like that.”

–Field Media Level

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