The Philadelphia 76ers were in need of some help in their shorthanded matchup with the Timberwolves. The lengthy list of injuries continues to grow with Tyrese Maxey, James Harden, and Tobias Harris each missing the game. This caused the Sixers to roll out their eighth new starting lineup so far this season in search of victory. The five-man unit of Embiid, P.J. Tucker, Danuel Hosue Jr, Shake Milton, and De’Anthony Melton took the court for the starting tip. While the Sixers did not get the victory, this five-man unit was on pace to outscore Minnesota by 2.4 points per 100 possessions during the 16:36 game minutes they played together.
Following the 112-109 loss, it was Milton who was given a great deal of praise postgame. Timberwolves guard D’Angelo Rusell was quick to praise the Sixers’ former Sixth Man following the game. He was impressed by the backcourt of Melton and Milton stepping up and stated, “They were good. They came in and took advantage of what was going on. A lot of guys are in and out and not available tonight so I think they did a helluva job.,” per Ky Carlin of SixersWire.
Milton’s Continued Strong Play
After not getting any on-court opportunities in four of the Sixers’ first five games of the season, Milton has seen his role expanded of late. The backcourt matchup against Russell proved to be the SMU product’s best game of the season thus far. In his 38 minutes of play, Milton finished with 27 points, six rebounds, and two assists. While the six turnovers were a point of weakness, he shot an efficient 10-15 from the field and 3-5 behind the three-point arc.
This comes on the heels of another strong performance against the Bucks. Milton saw 31 minutes of play in the game and produced 15 points, six assists, and three rebounds. He was essential to filling in following Maxey’s injury in the matchup and the Sixers will need to lean on him heavily as the young Sixers guard remains in a boot.
Russell also acknowledged this following last night’s matchup and stated, “It’s what NBA is about though. Next guy, rotation, next guy step up, confidence and things like that. Doc’s (Rivers) a coach that plays off that. So, it’s good for them,” per Ky Carlin …read more