Sixers want to see better play from Shake Milton, De’Anthony Melton

PHILADELPHIA–The Philadelphia 76ers are in a tough situation at the moment with the injuries to James Harden and Tyrese Maxey. With their starting backcourt down, that means they need their other guards to step up in their absence.

In Saturday’s loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Shake Milton had 27 points and six rebounds while De’Anthony Melton had 19 points, six assists, and five rebounds. Both played well overall, but they also had their flaws.

Milton, for example, had six turnovers on the night. That can’t happen as Philadelphia continues to find its way on the floor and Melton still looks a little out of place at times on the offensive end.

“We got some work to do,” said coach Doc Rivers. “I am glad that we have one practice, and hopefully, we get a couple guys back. The lack of ball handling was obvious all night and they knew it.”

The Sixers will have two days off before their next contest on Tuesday against the Brooklyn Nets. That will allow Milton and Melton to continue to grow in their new roles. The reps these guys are having right now will help them in the future.

“I feel like just more consistent,” said Milton. “I’m able to get out there and help the team win…the whole team does a good job of just encouraging me to keep going even if I make mistakes.”

The Sixers will hope that they can continue to grow this new backcourt pairing in order to have success while being so shorthanded.


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Story originally appeared on Sixers Wire