Pompey: 76ers Can Win East, Will Be Tough To Beat

The new-look Sixers are winning – and the city of Philadelphia is stoked

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
February 11, 2019 - 10:56 am

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The Philadelphia 76ers have played two games – and won two games – since trading for Tobias Harris, including a 143-120 beatdown of the Lakers on Sunday.

Six Sixers finished in double figures, including Joel Embiid, who had 37 points and 14 rebounds.

“They’re really balanced right now,” Philadelphia Inquirer 76ers beat writer Keith Pompey said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “If everything works out, this team can contend. They are contenders for the Eastern Conference championship. If they stay healthy and everyone gets on par and gets to learn the system, I think that they’re going to be tough to beat.”

Harris is averaging 18.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists through two games in Philly.

“He’s fitting in well,” Pompey said. “If there was an issue beforehand – and a lot of people dissected it when Joel Embiid complained after the Jimmy Butler trade – it had nothing to do with Jimmy; it had a lot to do with the way Embiid had to play. You look at Tobias, and Tobias is doing the things and excelling in the things that Embiid didn’t want to do in regards to playing on the perimeter.”

Harris is shooting 15-of-26 (.577), including 5-of-8 from three, with the Sixers. He scored 14 of his 22 points in the first quarter against the Lakers, shooting 6-of-6 from the floor.

"That’s how he’s fitting in,” Pompey said. “He’s getting to his spots. He’s opening things up for everyone else based on his ability to get wherever he wants to on the floor.”

Sixers fans, meanwhile, were delirious Sunday. As Pompey explained, there are two franchises that Sixers fans despise: the Celtics and Lakers. To blow out the Lakers was fun for Philly fans.

“It made people feel as if the old times are back again – like when Dr. J, Moses Malone, and Allen Iverson (played here),” Pompey said. “All the great times that the Sixers had are coming back. That’s just the feel of the city right now. Everyone is loving the Sixers.”