Anthony gushed about the play of Tobias Harris and Tyrese Maxey in his Opening Diatribe this morning…
“It was a terrific game 2. Ugly. But it was very important. I loved Game 2 because it was not about raining 3s last night. Which is not how the Sixers are going to win. The key to beating Boston lies in the hands of two guys. And both guys showed up last night in a big way. The first, Maximus… 33 to lead all scorers. Six 3s. Buried open looks all game. Maxey was tremendous. He was the offense. And Tobias with 20. 8 for 14 from the field. 20 points. Those two guys are the key to a long run. They are the key to beating Boston.
Let me laud the big fella. The Embeast. They were running all kinds of guys at him last night. He goes for 20. More importantly 19 rebounds, and 7 assists. Blocking shots, and playing terrific ball. He had 3 blocks and was a +1. He was really good. Harden had a bad shooting night. Only 8 and was 3 for 13. But you are going to have that. This is where Maxey and Tobias need to come up big. It’s a huge deal.
Now I know it is Brooklyn, and they are not Boston. But I thought it was key to have those two players have the load. Tobias through 2 games looks terrific. You need that aggressive Tobias, and you are going to need him to score. You have 4 guys who can score. Joel, harden, Maxey, and Tobias. 3 of them need to give you significant points.
Brooklyn is not a good team, and the Sixers were half-asleep. But we are on a collision course with Boston in the next round, and its imperative that we get Maxey and Tobias going.”