Things aren’t looking good for the Philadelphia 76ers right now.
The team was taken down yet again by the Miami Heat on Wednesday night and is now down by two games in the second round of the playoffs.
Miami is proving they’re a better team and things are made even worse by the fact that Philadelphia is lacking Joel Embiid.
The big man is out with an injury and that’s requiring the rest of the team to step up and fill the void left by him.
While not everyone is stepping up, some people are.
Right now Tyrese Maxey looks like more of a "max" player than the guy wearing the James Harden jersey.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) May 5, 2022
Tyrese Maxey put up 34 points in Game 2, leading the team.
Meanwhile, James Harden only made 20 points, 4 rebounds, and 9 assists with 3 turnovers.
This led Skip Bayless to state, “Right now Tyrese Maxey looks like more of a “max” player than the guy wearing the James Harden jersey.”
Harden was supposed to be the team leader, so what gives?
For the season, Maxey has averaged 17.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 4.3 assists.
However, during the playoffs, he is putting up 22.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 4 assists.
At the same time, Harden averaged 22 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 10.3 assists a game during the regular season.
Yet, in the playoffs, he’s made an average of 18.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 9.4 assists.
As you can see, Maxey has stepped up as Harden has stepped down.
This couldn’t have happened at a worse time because the team needs vintage Harden right now.
It once again perpetuates the idea that Harden gets gassed out during the postseason and doesn’t have the stamina to last the whole season.
Unless he gets it together soon, the 76ers may have only a few games left.