This game should not have been fun to watch. The Nets are the worst team in the NBA (according to their record). The Sixers are not all that much better and they have an incentive to lose in order to get a higher draft pick for next year. Plus the Sixers are missing (due to injury)
And perhaps a few others whom I forgot.
But the Nets have been playing well as of late and so have the Sixers. And this turned out to be a fun game to watch. I agree with Liberty Ballers that TLC was a major plus. And the dude is performing way over his head as a rookie. Roco and Dario were solid.
One thing is clear though – without Embiid or Noel, the Sixers had no one to deal with Brook Lopez in the paint. Lopez scored almost at will in the first half. And the Nets got way too manny layups after breaking down the Sixer perimeter defense. Fortunately for the Sixers, they started gunning — and missing — from the outside.
BTW, with Rodriguez out, Nik Stauskas backed up TJ at point guard and did a decent job. He has come a long way from his dismal start this season.