Brad Stevens on Sixers: ‘They have a chance to be a special group’
Since the trade deadline acquisition of Tobias Harris, the new-look Philadelphia 76ers have become one of the most talked-about teams in the NBA.
Among those sharing their thoughts on the Sixers have been opposing head coaches. It started with Denver’s Mike Malone, whose Nuggets were the first team to encounter the new and improved Sixers, losing to Philadelphia 117-110 on Friday.
Today, Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens commented on Philadelphia as his Celtics prepare to take on the Sixers on Tuesday. Philly.com’s Keith Pompey shared the quote from Stevens, who was speaking with the Boston media:
— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) February 11, 2019
In addition to wrapping things up by saying the Sixers “have a chance to be a special group” there’s another part of his quote that stands out.
As Stevens notes, opposing teams had taken to putting their point guard on Wilson Chandler. Now, they’re faced with an unpleasant choice, one that was highlighted beautifully by Mike O’Connor at The Athletic.
Sixers opponents can elect to have their point guard on Tobias Harris, who can exploit the matchup in a variety of ways, or they can give him the daunting task of chasing JJ Redick through a myriad of screens for 30 minutes a night. Neither choice is a particularly favorable one, and it highlights the headaches the new Sixers lineup will cause for the opposition.
Brett Brown and the Sixers have just begun to scratch the surface of what they can do with their new weapon, but the early returns have been encouraging. And the rest of the league has taken notice.