PHILADELPHIA–The Philadelphia 76ers had the game in hand on Tuesday against an undermanned Detroit Pistons team. The Pistons entered the game missing Cade Cunningham, Marvin Bagley III, Bojan Bogdanovic, Jalen Duren, and Isaiah Stewart so Philadelphia handled business quickly.
They led by as many as 41 and they were able to cruise to a rather easy 147-116 win and improve to 25-15 on the season. Joel Embiid had 36 points and 11 rebounds in his return from foot soreness and James Harden had another triple-double with 16 points, 15 assists, and 12 rebounds.
The blowout allowed Jaden Springer to get some playing time. The second-year guard had 10 points, two rebounds, and a steal in 8:43 of playing time. Afterward, the Sixers singled out Springer and gave him a lot of love for his performance.
“He was great. Jaden, I’m telling you he is, we talk about De’Anthony (Melton), and this is probably a hell of a statement, but I think he’s gonna be an elite defender. I really do. I think he’s naturally physical. He has a chance to be a good player on the defensive end and then the offensive part about his cutting, his rebounding, he does things that he has a chance to be a good player.”
“I was telling Doc to put him in earlier. He puts the work in goes. He goes back and forth between here and the G League. He works extremely hard and so way to show off and tonight he did a really good job on both ends of the ball. Young guys, the more they can get more reps like that in game situations, the more comfortable they’ll be so he looked really good tonight.”
“Obviously, we got a lot of good players on the team and that’s on the staff to make those decisions, but I mean, if you put him out there for Detroit, I think he would have gotten a lot of minutes. I think he’s talented. Defensively, I think, he has a lot of potential on that end, and then offensively just being a slasher and just using his quickness. I think he can get a lot of minutes, but when you’re on a winning team, and there’s a lot of guys that can play, it’s gonna happen but I think he’s pretty talented, and he’s just gotta get a chance.”
“I thought tonight he had a great game. I’m extremely proud of him. Not only being a young guy in the NBA, but he’s really progressed his game. A lot of people don’t get to see it, because of the makeup of the team that we have and the talent, but he’s made great improvements. He’s gonna be a hell of a player in the NBA in my opinion, just because of his ability to defend and to really defend one through four, even fives. I think he has that down, and once he continues to improve his skills offensively, he’s going to be a really good offensive player as well, so I think he’s doing all the little things, cutting, rebounding on the offensive end that is going to help his progression on that side of the basketball floor, but I’m always impressed with just seeing his development. I think if you ask anybody on the roster about him during training camp, he was probably one of the surprises of the team in what he was able to do. Obviously, through a long season, that gets lost in the shuffle, but I’m always proud when he gets opportunities to get in the game and to be able to play like he played tonight. That was big and a big confidence boost for a young player.”
Jaden Springer on his performance
“I felt like it was solid. I feel like I was trying to make the best of my minutes. Just going out there doing what I can. I feel like I tried to make an impact in the game and I went out there and kind of showed that a little bit.”