The Philadelphia 76ers took on the Denver Nuggets on Friday night in Las Vegas and the team got off to a fast start. Philadelphia got Isaiah Joe back in the lineup and they were able to use their hot start in order to knock off the summer Nuggets 97-71.
The Sixers got a spark from Joe who knocked down a couple of triples, but they were led in scoring by Grant Riller who scored 13 of his 18 in the first half. The Sixers led 22-9 after one quarter and then 48-27 at the half.
On top of Riller’s nice night, Philadelphia got an overall good night out of Trevelin Queen who stuffed the stat sheet with 17 points, five rebounds, and five assists. Joe had 14 points, five rebounds, four steals, and three assists, Michael Foster Jr. had nine and eight boards, Justin Smith had 10 and eight rebounds, and Charlie Brown Jr. had eight and six rebounds. Aminu Mohammed also added 10 and six boards as well.
Here are the observations following the summer league win from Vegas:
It’s hard to tell if Queen will really earn a spot in the rotation for the Sixers, but when the team needs a spark, he will certainly give it. He is a ball of energy every time he’s out there and he plays with aggression. The guy just understands how to attack on the offensive end whether it’s with the 3-point shot or by attacking the basket. He also did a really good job in this one by contributing in other ways as well.
After missing some time with right shoulder soreness, it was good to see Joe not worry about the injury. He was taking open triples when he had the opportunity, the shot is still smooth, and he was solid when running the offense. He was able to put the ball on the floor and have some success in leading this team’s offense.
Charlie Brown Jr.
After a miserable 0-for-9 shooting performance on Wednesday, Brown Jr. bounced back nicely on the offensive end in this one. He got out in transition every chance he got and he was able to knock down a corner triple. Defensively, he forced an 8-second violation by harassing the Nuggets and their ball-handlers every time. This was a solid all-around game for him.
Bassey has been a bit underwhelming in the summer league. His game is definitely better suited for the regular season where things are much more organized, but it would have been nice for the…