Sixers podcast: Sixers stepping up | Embiid out | Thybulle’s impact

Dwight Howard, Danny Green, Tobias Harris, Sixers Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Dwight Howard, Danny Green, Tobias Harris, Sixers Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports /

In this episode of The Sixer Sense Podcast, the conversation between Lucas Johnson and Christopher Kline revolves heavily around the injury that Joel Embiid suffered against the Wizards last week. The pod starts out though with the good news of a victory.

Versus San Antonio on Monday, Doc Rivers led the Sixers past Gregg Popovich’s Spurs in a lopsided win. The recap offers the surprises of the game, and how certain players are stepping up to fill the void of Embiid’s offensive and defensive production. Can they keep it up though for the next few weeks?

The Sixers will need to survive multiple weeks without Joel Embiid. Was the Spurs blowout a sign of things to come, or merely a positive aberration?

After the Spurs game analysis, Lucas and Chris dive into what life for the Sixers will be like until Embiid returns. After suffering a left knee bone bruise last week, the All-Star center must sit and watch his teammates pick up the slack against some very tough opponents. The pod goes over potential records during the range of games that Embiid will miss.

The pod also talks about some big men who may be available in the buyout market or who may be on the trade block. Then, Lucas and Chris predict how the backup centers will do to protect the rim and provide scoring in the paint.

Finally, the topic of Matisse Thybulle’s hot shooting and stingy defense is brought up. Can the second-year defensive phenom keep making the most of his minutes while maintaining his shooting touch from outside? What does Thybulle’s elevated play bring to the current team while he is on the floor? These questions are answered during the discussion.

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