Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2021-10-23 14:40:07 –
The Philadelphia 76ers appear to rebound following a disappointing defeat at the home opener when visiting Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday.
The Sixers scored 16-1 at the final 5:33 of the game and lost to Brooklyn Nets 114-109 on Friday. Even more worrisome was the pain in his right knee when Joel Embiid was suffering from stretching. Tobias Harris and Seth Curry each scored 23 points, and Embiid scored 19 points.
Embiid, the heart of the Sixers, has been injured during his young career.
“Kneeling on the patella can make your knees tighter, more painful, harder to bend, and completely impaired mobility,” said Sixers’ Dock Rivers head coach, Embiid. “I thought I could see it through the game. Playing with it wouldn’t hurt me, but playing with it just makes me sick.”
The Sixers appeared to be cruising to the 2-0 start of the season before stagnation in the second half of the fourth quarter.
They played again without Ben Simmons. Ben Simmons will resign indefinitely after telling the organization that he is not ready to compete mentally.
“At this point, we must respect (Simmons’) privacy and space and be there for him through what he is experiencing and his process,” Harris said. “It’s easy to see something on the surface and imagine things, especially athletes.
“I think we need to understand if he is human in the first place and he is experiencing something. We must respect it and be there for him. I can’t. “
Thunder wants to avoid three consecutive losses to open the season while playing at the home opener.
Oklahoma City has overwhelmingly defeated Utah Jazz and the Houston Rockets, scoring a total of 54 points.
The 124-91 defeat to Rockets on Friday didn’t work very well.
Young Thunder look for energy from the home crowd as they reorganize and prepare for a difficult match against the Sixers.
“It’s great to have energy (at home) and be ready to play on Sunday,” said Mike Muscala of the center. “It’s a big game for us. We have to be urgent and more competitive tough.”
Mascara and up-and-coming star Shai Gilgeous Alexander led Thunder with 13 points each.
“We must learn lessons from now on, look in the mirror and try to be better for the next game,” Gilgeous-Alexander said. “That’s all we can do.”
There weren’t many bright spots in the 33-point loss. However, Kenrick Williams sparked with a defensive presence with 12 points, including pulling two aggressive fouls.
“That’s K-Rich,” said Gilgeous Alexander. “Every little play he makes, it’s certainly his skill. It’s not overlooked by our team. Every day, it’s the value he brings to our team, and we tell him every night. I’m hoping to do that. “”
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