76ers at Knicks Game Preview: Keeping it Rolling
After a much needed bounce-back win in OKC, Philly heads to Madison Square Garden as they look to improve to 3-1 versus a Knicks team with the same goal.
Philadelphia heads into Tuesday's matchup with Shake Milton (ankle) and Ben Simmons (a whole bunch of stuff) out and no timetable for either ones return. Joel Embiid and Andre Drummond are both questionable, which isn't ideal going into a game against a New York team that will likely look to score inside.
For New York, they're completely healthy, save for Nerlens Noel who is dealing with a knee issue.
Players To Watch
Julius Randle, Knicks - Randle is the unquestioned number 1 option for the Knicks offense, leading the team in both scoring (28.7 PPG) and assists (6.3 Per Game). The Reigning MIP is coming off a 30 point, 16 rebound effort in a loss to Orlando.
Seth Curry, Sixers - Curry is shooting a blistering 68% overall and 76% (!!) from behind the arc while averaging 20.3 points per outing. In the win against OKC, Seth had 23 points in just the first 12 minutes of play. A Curry that's making shots opens up an outstanding two man game with Embiid and gives more space to everyone else on the floor.
Evan Fournier, Knicks - Fournier has cooled slightly since his 32 point outing in the Knicks opening win over the Celtics, but is still one of the few sources of offense on a Knicks team built around a strong defense. A Fournier that catches fire can change a game quickly. Look for Doc Rivers to try to match up Matisse Thybulle with him as much as possible.
Tyrese Maxey, Sixers - With Ben Simmons not playing, the second year Kentucky product is the one true ball handler in Philly's rotation. He's flashed throughout the Nets and Thunder games but just shot a combined 11-30 and dished out just 4 assists. More consistency is needed for Maxey to take the next step and assert himself as a starting PG.
Tip-Off for this one is 7:30 PM ET and the game is nationally televised as a part of TNT Tuesday.