Sixers’ Doc Rivers returns, don’t forget P.J. Tucker at center, more before scrimmage

The Sixers’ head trainer is again to paintings. 

After lacking Wednesday’s preseason win over the Cavs as a result of he was once feeling beneath the elements, Doc Rivers ran follow Friday at the crew’s facility in Camden, New Jersey. As same old, he then confronted a scrum of newshounds. 

“I feel good. Until right now,” Rivers joked. “Nah, I feel great.” 

Rivers, who stated he took within the Cleveland recreation from his sofa, watched his starters face any other crew for the primary time. 

Tobias Harris didn’t love the Sixers’ appearing on protection. 

“Defensively, I thought we were a little bit too all over the place vs. Cleveland,” Harris stated. “Just getting our schemes and our matchups proper. There have been a large number of scenarios the place shall we’ve switched.

“We gave up way too many open threes in transition and didn’t do a great job of communicating matchups. … I don’t think anyone was happy with our production out there defensively. So we see a lot of things that we can grow and get better at. And we will. It’s just taking time, dissecting film, and figuring out areas of growth.”

On a good be aware, Rivers was once proud of how the Sixers trapped pick-and-rolls in the second one part, citing he needs to do this more shifting ahead as a part of embracing an competitive taste. 


It seems like a success selection in pick-and-roll protection can be more uncomplicated if the Sixers all talked (and now and again screamed) at the ground like P.J. Tucker. 

“I think we have so many different guys who come from so many different systems,” Rivers stated. “And the clearer you are, the louder you are, the (more) times you yell it, it’s very important. We don’t do that yet … some guys do. P.J. is phenomenal at it. We need everybody to be.”

When Tucker was once requested about communique, he were given in a small, playful jab at Joel Embiid. 

“Two more (preseason) games, but now we want to start getting better each game, see stuff being worked out in practice and start to show in the games. You’ve got Joel talking. To hear him talking today was crazy, so we’ll try to build off that, see what happens tomorrow,” Tucker stated with amusing. 

The Sixers haven’t proven it in video games but, however Tucker’s skill to again up Embiid continues to be value highlighting. 

Paul Reed has performed before Montrezl Harrell in each preseason contests, regardless that Rivers has persistently framed the middle spot as a flexible forged of characters. 

“It’s coming along great,” Rivers stated. “I think P-Reed’s playing well. I think Trez has played well. The only guy we really haven’t had at the five yet is Tuck. … We’ll probably do that — definitely in one of the next two games.”

Tucker’s knack for dealing with existence as a 6-foot-5 “big man” has a tendency to come in useful. 

Bam Adebayo’s thumb surgical procedure final season resulted in a larger highlight on Tucker. He posted a career-high 0.93 assist-to-usage ratio, according to Cleaning the Glass. The 37-year-old additionally took his best share of quick mid-range makes an attempt ever (27 %) and made a career-best 50.4 % of them, using push photographs and floaters relatively successfully. 

Compared to when he was once a beginning heart for the Rockets in 2020, does Tucker assume his recreation at the 5 has modified?

“I don’t know if it’s any different,” he stated. “Just the manner of play of the crew is also a bit other. But for me, it’s nonetheless the similar just about after I play the 5, as it’s now not actually like a real 5.

“Obviously I’m not going to go down and post up to actually post up — mismatches, maybe. But outside of that at the five, it’s getting guys open, creating situations where they can’t help from the (three-point line), especially when I’m in the corner. And being a facilitator; being able to get guys open and give them the ball.”

On Saturday, Tucker, Rivers and the Sixers will shuttle to Wilmington, Delaware. The crew’s annual Blue-White scrimmage is about to tip off at 12 p.m. 


Rivers doesn’t hope to get anything else grand out of the instance.

“Other than health?” he stated with amusing. “Really only a scrimmage, getting us down the ground. I believe it’s actually essential for us. We have a large number of days off so far as (no) video games and this sort of falls proper within the heart of that, so it’s just right.

“We had a really good practice today, got a lot up and down, but it was more a controlled scrimmage. And every time we scrimmage, it’s good. I hope they take it seriously. Half the time they don’t in these games. We’ll see what happens.”







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