Shorthanded Sixers continue to show their mettle against the Western Conference
While they've yet to fully face the conference's elite, the Sixers have compiled wins over the early portion of the season.
SAN FRANCISCO — While it’s still early in the NBA season, the 76ers have compiled an impressive record against Western Conference foes.
The Sixers headed into Wednesday night’s game against the Golden State Warriors with a 5-2 record against Western teams.
Their two losses on a six-game road trip that concluded against the Warriors came against the Utah Jazz and Portland Trail Blazers.
The Sixers did defeat the Blazers on Nov. 1 in the first of two meetings. Their other victories came against the New Orleans Pelicans, Oklahoma City Thunder, Denver Nuggets, and Sacramento Kings. Last season, they finished 18-12 against teams from the West.
The Sixers, however, have a 5-6 record against Eastern Conference opponents.
Drummond showing his worth
Andre Drummond was ranked seventh in the NBA in rebounding with 11.1 per game entering Wednesday’s game. Drummond had 23 rebounds in Monday’s victory over the Sacramento Kings, with 10 coming in the fourth quarter.
Drummond was the league’s only player with 189 rebounds and 20 blocks in fewer than 400 minutes played before Wednesday’s slate of games. He played 389 minutes through his first 17 games. Wednesday marked his ninth straight start as Joel Embiid remains in the COVID-19 health and safety protocols. He also started against the Blazers on Nov. 1 with Embiid getting the night off to rest.
Maxey’s solid stretch
Tyrese Maxey averaged 25.7 points and 4.5 assists while shooting 56.7% from the field, including 48.1% on three-pointers, and 92% from the foul line in the six games heading into Wednesday’s matchup. Maxey’s play over that stretch would qualify for the exclusive 50/40/90 club.