The Philadelphia 76ers entered Tuesday’s matchup with the Utah Jazz still shorthanded as they were missing Joel Embiid for the fifth straight game. They were also missing Matisse Thybulle to the protocols and Danny Green due to left hamstring tightness.
In a game against the tough Jazz, the Sixers missed those guys in a big way in a 120-85 loss for their fifth straight loss. All five losses of this stretch have come while Embiid is in the health and safety protocols and the Sixers have to continue to find a way to get it done without him.
Shake Milton led Philadelphia with 18 points, Tyrese Maxey added 16 points, Andre Drummond had six points and six rebounds in only 12 minutes, and Tobias Harris had 12 points, five assists, and four rebounds. Georges Niang had seven off the bench in his return to Utah and Isaiah Joe added eight and seven rebounds.
Here are the player grades following the loss:
Tyrese Maxey: C+
This was another tough matchup for the young guard. The Jazz offer a tough matchup for him in the form of All-Star Mike Conley as well as having to be matched up with Donovan Mitchell at times. He was not able to get into the paint and score as he was stifled by Rudy Gobert constantly so he had to adjust by having to knock down some jump shots. He knocked down a couple of triples which is a good thing to see. He did have his struggles on the defensive end as well.
Shake Milton: C
Having to start in place of Green, Milton was able to give the Sixers an offensive boost. He was able to get into the paint and be able to make some plays for himself and others. He did not score efficiently as he had to put up more shots in order to score his points, but this was a game where the Sixers needed it in order to even stay in this one.
Seth Curry: D-
Curry struggled mightily in this one. He missed his first seven shots, he missed his first two triples, and then there were defensive struggles out in transition. With the Sixers still missing so much offense at the moment, they need Curry to add more on the offensive end as he was earlier in the season. It’s imperative for their success for him to get it going again.
Tobias Harris: C-
Harris continues to do everything out on the floor for the Sixers. In his third game back from being in the health and safety protocols, he attacked the glass well, he distributed the ball, and he gave a good effort on the defensive end out on the perimeter. There does seem to be a bit too much responsibility placed upon him as it does seem that he is struggling with his shot a bit.
Andre Drummond: D-
This was a game where Drummond would have to be at his absolute best in terms of execution and playing within himself. Gobert is an elite rim protector and it is extremely tough to score on him around the basket so it would be up to Drummond to tire him out and render him ineffective. He only did so sparingly in this one as he had a few defensive breakdowns and he threw up some wild shots on the offensive end to try and get back at him. Philadelphia’s interior defense in this one was tough to watch. As effective as Drummond is as a player, he is certainly not Joel Embiid.
Georges Niang: C-
In his return to Utah where he played for four seasons, Niang knocked down his first triple as he was effective as a stretch 5 on the offensive end. Coach Doc Rivers used him to combat Hassan Whiteside and Niang dragged him out of the paint with his 3-point shooting and it was helpful on that end. However, on the other end, Whiteside was too big for Niang to handle and he gave the Sixers problems on the inside.
Furkan Korkmaz: D+
This was another game where Korkmaz continued to struggle a bit out on the offensive end. When he is not knocking down shots, he has to look to find a way to get the job done out on the floor. He did move the ball a bit, but nothing earth-shattering. He also had a tough time on the defensive end against the Jazz guards.
Isaiah Joe: C
In his first action since returning from COVID, Joe was able to knock down his first triple try, but he struggled a bit after that. He did have a tough time on the defensive end, which should not be too much of a surprise considering playing in the altitude and coming off of the virus, but overall, not a bad first game back for him.