Sixers podcast: Initial team observations after loss to Celtics

Joel Embiid, Sixers (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Joel Embiid, Sixers (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

The season opener is in the books, and the Sixers could not match the intensity and execution of the Boston Celtics. With all eyes on the teams’ star players, NBA fans got a chance to see two top conference rivals battle it out in the first game of the season. We kick off the podcast with a comparison of game notes between Christopher Kline and Lucas Johnson.

The podcast starts with the aspects of the game that surprised us most. Was it the bench? The team defense? Joel Embiid’s poor performance? We debate whether or not it was rust that impacted Embiid’s game or Boston’s stingy defense. We finish up this segment with lessons the Sixers can take away from their underwhelming execution.

The next topic revolves around the next opponent for the Sixers. On national television, Philly squares off against the Milwaukee Bucks. We preview the matchup that will be played at the Wells Fargo Center for the first regular season home game of this season. What are we looking for in this game that features Giannis Antetokounmpo? What will the Sixers need to do to pick up their first victory on the season?

The podcast pivots to the failed contract extension talk between the Sixers’ front office and Matisse Thybulle’s management team. Do we believe that the defensive specialist will be traded before the deadline? What are the odds that he stays with the Sixers?

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