Things are going very well for the 76ers without James Harden, traded to the Clippers earlier in the week.
In Saturday’s win, though, Sixers guard Tyrese Maxey got off to a slow start before finishing with 22 points.
First-year coach Nick Nurse said his expectations for Maxey — and the entire squad — remain high.
“It’s not enough,” he said of Maxey’s slow start, via Kyle Neubeck of PHLY Sports. “He’s too good to have a quiet first half. I’m not criticizing him, I’m just implying that he needs to be more aggressive. He’s too good beating people off the dribble, he’s too good a shooter, to not take more chances.
“So we’re going to keep working on that a little bit. But I’m glad that he bounced back. We started calling a few (plays) for him.”
But for starters, things are going well for Philadelphia minus Harden in the early season, and the play of Maxey is a big reason why.
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