The Philadelphia 76ers certainly have a deep enough roster where some good players are going to be left out of the rotation, but I didn’t think 2x NBA All Defensive Second Team member Matisse Thybulle would be one of them.
Philly let up 126 points last night vs. Boston, as Jayson Tatum & Jaylen Brown combined for 70 points while Thybulle logged just 23 seconds.
Here’s Sixers beat writer Keith Pompey discussing Matisse’s lack of playing time from opening night.
(Via Keith Pompey- The Philadelphia Inquirer):
Thybulle is not only the Sixers’ best perimeter defender, he’s one of the NBA’s best defenders. However, the two-time second-team All-Defensive selection played just 23 seconds against the Celtics. He entered the game with 21.5 seconds remaining in the first quarter only to leave with 1.5 seconds left. Then he came in for three seconds in the third quarter.
The Sixers could have really used his defense on a night Tatum and Jaylen Brown torched them for 35 points each. The Celtics also had a 24-2 advantage in transition baskets.
One has to wonder if coach Doc Rivers and his staff regret not playing Thybulle when Philly was in need of a better defensive presence.