The 76ers (1-1) will play their third Las Vegas Summer League matchup Thursday, facing the Atlanta Hawks (2-1).
DJ Steward was the Sixers’ leading scorer Monday, scoring 24 points off the bench. Jaden Springer (ankle) was out.
Bobby Jackson stepped into head coaching duties Monday, after a pair of games coached by Rico Hines, and the previous pair under Nick Nurse.
“That’s the number one thing - we’ve got to get to know everybody. As coaches, we can’t bark orders and tell them what to do if we’re not willing to build those relationships with those guys. And then there’s trust… That’s really important for us.”
Atlanta will be facing the second day of a back-to-back, a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, 99-93, Wednesday.
Tyrese Martin led the way down the stretch for Atlanta Wednesday, tallying 25 points and nine boards, scoring 14 points in the fourth period alone.
Thursday’s matchup is a 3:30 p.m. ET tipoff.
Monday’s Key Performers:
- Steward finished with a game-best 24 points and two assists Monday, shooting 8-for-16 overall, 3-for-5 from long range, and 5-for-6 from the foul line.
- Smith totalled 18 points, six rebounds, six assists, and a steal in his 28 minutes of play.
- Smart added 15 points, five rebounds, and six assists, shooting 6-for-11 from the field and 1-for-2 from deep.
- Petrušev tallied 12 points, four rebounds, and four blocks Monday, shooting 5-for-10 overall.
Quote to Note:
More from Jackson on building relationships with his players and staff:
“Open the communication - the accountability that we expect and that we want - especially on my end. If I do something wrong, tell me about it. As an organization, that’s the message that we want to send, and the relationships we want to have with our guys.”
Another supportive 76er in the house Monday.
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