Matisse Thybulle is already a perennial All-Defense in the NBA and his ability to conquer the defensive end was in full effect in Game 2 between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Washington Wizards.
After the game, the Sixers’ head coach Doc River had nothing but praise for the sophomore wing, who had four steals and five blocks in less than 20 minutes played in Philadelphia’s 120-95 win.
“I guess you can say he’s our defensive Lou Williams,” said Rivers. “Like Lou Williams I had, and I had Jamal Crawford, both offensively when you threw them in, and you told them if they pass the ball once you are going to take them out.
“Their job was to score. Matisse’s job is to get stops when he comes in. I haven’t had a lot of guys Tony Allen, I guess, way back, was very similar because he was coming off the bench for us.”
Thybulle had five points, five steals, and five blocks making two of his five attempts to help the Sixers prevail in Game 2 of the series vs. Washington.