Coming back last night against the Heat (2-2) in their conference semifinal, the Sixers have been much better since their return to Pennsylvania. In addition to James Harden, Danny Green or Joel Embiid, he is also Matisse Thybulle who regains his confidence after a difficult series against the Raptors.
Not fully vaccinated, the Australian had missed all three games played in Toronto, due to the regulations in force in Canada. Relegated to the bench, it was Danny Green who took his place as a starter, with a view to collective continuity, so he had to adapt to many changes in a very short time.
” Missing playoff games is much more complicated than missing regular season games The Philadelphia player explained, before Game 4 against Miami. ” I had no idea what it would be like to miss games and go from the starting lineup to the bench. I really didn’t think it would affect me that much, but it definitely had an impact. [sur mon jeu]. »
In the first round, Matisse Thybulle only averaged 3.3 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.0 against (40% shooting, 33% triples and in 14 minutes of play), against 5.7 points, 2, 3 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.7 interceptions and 1.1 against average in the regular phase (50% shooting, 31% triples and 26 minutes of play).
Return the rhythm and confidence
Inevitably, the poor passing of the 25-year-old winger/winger, less influential in his team’s game, forced Doc Rivers to do without him at important moments, when the Sixers’ defensive specialist should have been one of the basic men of the squad. franchise during these playoffs.
Fortunately, the sequence of games against the Heat allows Matisse Thybulle to find his rhythm, although that does not necessarily translate into the statistics (2.8 points and 1.3 rebounds on average, in 18 minutes of play).
” Feeling a little better physically played a part in that. “, he admitted, about his newfound confidence. ” As I said before, losing the rhythm of the series against Toronto took a toll on my confidence and my game, now with each game I feel more comfortable and myself. »
Great news for the Philadelphia players, bolstered since Game 3 by Joel Embiid, as they just tied their conference semifinal. They will now try to regain home-court advantage in Florida in Game 5 on Tuesday night.
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