Smarting Sixers turn attention to Bucks

The Philadelphia 76ers stumbled of their season opener as they fell 126-117 at the street in opposition to the Boston Celtics on Tuesday.

The Sixers will now glance to erase that efficiency after they host the ultra-talented Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday.

James Harden scored 35 issues, Joel Embiid added 26 issues and 15 rebounds, however the Philadelphia bench produced handiest 11 issues. It was once no longer the beginning coveted for a franchise hoping to succeed in a minimum of the Eastern Conference finals for the primary time since 2001.

“Long way to go,” Embiid stated. “Defensively, we were not good. Offensively, I thought the ball didn’t move much. It stuck and we went back to our old habits. It’s all on us. All of us, we’ve just got to be better.”

The Sixers reinforced their roster within the offseason with the additions of De’Anthony Melton, Danuel House Jr., P.J. Tucker and Montrezl Harrell.

But the 4 avid gamers mixed for 14 issues and have been nearly non-existent within the fourth quarter.

Harden tried to raise the group as he hit all 12 unfastened throws and added 8 rebounds and 7 assists.

“I feel pretty solid,” Harden stated. “We’ve got a long journey, long way to go, but it’s not about me individually. I know what I’m capable of. It’s about doing the right things to try to help this team win. For us, we feel like we had stretches where we were playing very, very well, and then times where we allowed them too many easy points. Especially on the road, it’s going to be difficult to recover. Learning lesson. Watch the film, get better, be ready to go Thursday.”

The Bucks, who’re thought to be a sound name contender, will open the season with out All-Star ahead Khris Middleton.

Middleton is improving from left wrist surgical treatment.

Giannis Antetokounmpo understands that he will have to suppose a good better management function with Middleton sidelined for a minimum of two-to-three weeks.

Joe Ingles (left knee), Wesley Matthews (ankle) and Pat Connaughton (calf) have all been restricted all the way through the preseason. It’s unclear if any of them might be out in opposition to the Sixers.

“Khris is down, but we know we have a great team,” Antetokounmpo stated regardless of an 0-5 preseason. “We’ve just got to bring it every night.”

Antetokounmpo, a two-time MVP, averaged 29.9 issues and 11.6 rebounds in line with sport remaining season.

Even with the banged-up avid gamers, the Bucks nonetheless possess sufficient different choices with Brook Lopez, Jrue Holiday, Grayson Allen and Bobby Portis to get a hold of a street win at Philadelphia.

“It’s always tough playing in Philly. The crowd is always crazy,” Portis stated. “They’re gonna be on you. They’re gonna heckle you. They’re gonna do this, that and the third. But, obviously it’s a big-time honor to be in the premier week game and we don’t take that lightly. We’re gonna come out and try and play our best basketball, move the basketball, if you’re open let it fly and just have fun with it.

“Obviously put a large number of paintings in over the summer season, so now could be the time to let it display.”

–Field Level Media

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