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PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - MAY 26: Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers dunks over Russell Westbrook #4 of the Washington Wizards during Game Two of the Eastern Conference first round series at Wells Fargo Center on May 26, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

The Sixers defeated the Wizards 120-95 to take game 2 behind another dominant performance from Ben Simmons. Right from the opening tip Ben Simmons was a man on a mission to silence the haters that focused so much on his 6 points from game 1. With the win comfortably in hand, when the starters left the court in the 3rd quarter they never returned. Simmons finished with 22 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 assists in 29 minutes. Simmons also added in 2 steals and a block.

Other than Simmons, here are three other positives from the win:

  1. Tyrese Maxey: If you want instant energy in the Wells Fargo Center then look no further than number 0. When the rookie guard is introduced the crowd goes nuts. But then he shows you why. In 14 minutes he added 10 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists. His 3 blocks seemed to be an afterthought because at that point the game was so out of hand. But at this stage it seems like coach Doc Rivers is giving the rookie a hard look for second unit minutes when the games get tougher.
  2. Load management: At this point the Sixers shouldn’t NEED load management, but rest can never be a bad thing. Especially when Tobias Harris, already playing on a banged up knee, rolls an ankle. But this game was the perfect scenario for the Sixers. Every starter played, and played well. To the point where they were not needed in the 4th quarter. Ben Simmons played 29 minutes. Joel Embiid played 26. Both Tobias Harris and Seth Curry played 23 minutes. And Danny Green played 22. The Sixers were able to get their starters some run and get them out.
  3. Thybulle’s D: Matisse Thybulle’s stat line is insane. In 20 minutes he had 4 steals, and 5 blocks. He is an absolute PROBLEM on the defensive end of the court. His defensive could be heavily relied upon come the second, and possibly the third round.

3 Negatives:

  1. Popcorn: its a delicious treat. So eat it, dont throw it. Because the national media is eating this story up.
  2. Shake Milton: 14 minutes, 0 points. And hes not out there for his defense.
  3. Seth Curry Injury: Seth rolled an ankle. Luckily they have two days between game 2 and game 3.