By Julie Glass
The Sixers ended their exo season last night with a 112-93 loss to the Wiz at the Wells.
Joel Embiid had a game-high tying 17 points on an efficient 6 for 8 shooting. He posted six rebounds and two blocked shots.
Tobias Harris (13 pts / 9 reb) and Al Horford (6 pts / 7 reb / 5 ast) looked ready for the regular season. Matisse Thybulle came off the bench with six points, and providing quality defense stretches against Bradley Beal, who’s widely regarded as one of the best scorers in the NBA.
“We have had their attention and they have had each other’s attention in a tremendous camp,” Brett Brown said about his players Friday. “I’m very proud of what they’ve done in camp.”
On an individual level, newcomers like Horford, Thybulle, and Josh Richardson seemed comfortable, while mainstays Embiid, Tobias Harris, and Ben Simmons (who sat out Friday with back tightness) appear ready to go.
The bench delivered positive moments during the preseason, too.
Harris has been encouraged by the Sixers’ potential.
“I thought we showed a lot of progress in preseason of how good we can be defensively,” the veteran wing man said following Friday’s game. “We showed offensively how we can pretty much create a mismatch night in and not out.”
But now, the focus swiftly shifts to the journey ahead. Excitement is rampant, the anticipation palpable.
“As I’ve to the group, camp is finished and Sunday we begin in getting ready for our first NBA game,” Brown said. “The group is great and they have had a prideful, competitive and physical camp.”
“I think there were a lot of positives in the preseason we’ve gained as a team,” said Harris, “and we’ll continue to gain in the regular season.”