By Annie Ross

Phoenix Suns coach Earl Watson had high praise for Sixers guard T. J. McConnell after Friday night’s game.

He was discussing the first meeting of the season between the Sixers and Suns, which the Sixers won 120-105 on November 19th.

“For me, I thought T.J. McConnell changed the game. He does a lot of things that analytics and stats would never give him credit for in the box score. I thought eh played great. His plus-minus was amazing. His effort, his heart that he plays with every time he touches the court, he really is a really great example of what it’s like to play your last game as if so. He’s going to give his all. He understands it’s a privilege to be in the NBA, you can just tell by the way he plays. As a former player, you just respect that.”

McConnell was plus-20 in the Sixers’ victory over Phoenix last month, posting five points (2-6 fg), two rebounds, six assists, and three steals. He had five points, two rebounds, and two assists in Friday’s loss.

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