Sixers Coach Explains Return Timeline for Rookie Guard

Isaiah Joe, Matisse Thybulle


Philadelphia 76ers rookie Isaiah Joe chats with teammate Matisse Thybulle.

The Philadelphia 76ers just lately designated Isaiah Joe to the NBA G League bubble in Walt Disney World. He’ll be part of the Delaware Blue Coats for the foreseeable future, though the timeline seems to be a decent one.

Sixers head coach Doc Rivers revealed on Monday that Joe won’t be down there that lengthy, relying on how the season shakes out for the Blue Coats (8-4). The G League affiliate solely has three video games left on their schedule: March 3, vs. Canton; March 5, vs. Salt Lake Metropolis; March 6, vs. Memphis.

If Delaware qualifies for the playoffs, then the second-round choose (49th general) may see prolonged burn down there whereas getting some significant postseason expertise. In any other case, he’ll probably rejoin the massive membership in Philadelphia.

“He gained’t be down lengthy,” Rivers advised reporters on Monday, by way of Ky Carlin. “We’re gonna want him, however we simply felt like with the All-Star break coming, there’s a possibility to play lots of video games. He can play at the very least two after which playoffs and perhaps preserve him down for a pair. We’ll see the way it all shakes out.”

Joe had been taking on veteran Furkan Korkmaz’s spot within the rotation attributable to his effort on the defensive finish. Nevertheless, his taking pictures isn’t fairly as much as snuff to be counted on in clutch moments. The rookie is averaging 4.Three factors in 12 minutes per recreation whereas taking pictures 38.3% from deep.

Matisse Thybulle Shares Particular Story

Second-year guard Matisse Thybulle has returned to a bench function after filling in for a starter attributable to accidents. Often called among the finest younger on-the-ball defenders within the league, the 23-year-old hasn’t been requested to do a lot taking pictures. His function is to house the ground, typically taking off in transition. He’s averaging 3.2 factors in 18 minutes per recreation whereas taking pictures 37.1 % from the sphere.

“I talked to Matisse final evening on the telephone. He’s an NBA All-Defensive participant now,” Rivers saiod of Thybulle throughout his introductory press convention. “He has an opportunity proper now to make a distinction defensively. Offensively shall be his subsequent step, and we’ll work on that.”

Thybulle, a dual-citizen of the US and Australia, has additionally struck up a reasonably distinctive relationship with Sixers basic supervisor Elton Model who took him on an artwork tour throughout a current street journey in Houston. Bear in mind, he’s named after the well-known French painter Henri Matisse.

“We spent like a few hours speaking hoops, speaking artwork,” Thybulle mentioned of the expertise, by way of Sports activities Illustrated. “We talked in all places from Malcolm Gladwell to M. Evening Shyamalan to his time at Wharton. It was a extremely cool expertise as a rookie to have the GM sort of pour into me like that.”

Sixers Replace Harm Report

There’s encouraging information on Tobias Harris after the injured swing ahead missed the final three video games with a proper knee contusion. The Sixers have gone 201 in his absence, however solely due to Herculean efforts from All-Stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. Harris is their second-leading scorer (20.2 factors) and the staff clearly misses his offense.

Rivers advised reporters that he expects to get Harris again on the market for Wednesday’s recreation in opposition to the Utah Jazz. He was listed questionable on Monday evening and finally the competition out. The Sixers pulled out a powerful 130-114 win with out him.

“I hope so,” Rivers mentioned on Harris probably taking part in versus Utah. “He actually tried to play tonight [Monday], however we extra made the decision tonight. We want him, hopefully, we will get him again subsequent recreation.”