The Philadelphia 76ers ran their winning streak to seven games on Friday night after a 109-107 victory. Break out the bubbly, right? Not so fast. The Sixers don’t like the product out on the court right now, especially not from the second unit.
Head coach Doc Rivers pulled his starters before the fourth quarter for the third straight night. They walked away with the dub on all three occasions, but they made it harder than it needed to be. The Sixers were up 70-54 at halftime over the New Orleans Pelicans and pushed their lead to as many 17 points in the second half. Unfortunately, the bench couldn’t contain the likes of Wenyen Gabriel and Jaxson Hayes. Rivers was forced to put his starters back in with around eight minutes to go.
“I thought the bench unit tonight, their big thing, their biggest problem was defensively,” Rivers said. “Like they came in and we actually had a nice lead and they came in and the Pelicans … they scored every single time down the floor. Defensively, I thought we were horrible, all of them. And that unit usually gives us some energy and they didn’t do that tonight.”