But what will need to change is Philadelphia's late-game offense.
"They just made a big trade and we knew they were probably going to be very fired up to come in and play well", said Vucevic, who scored 11 in the fourth quarter. "Not the outcome we wanted to have".
"There's more than one way to get the ball". I think we'll all be better, myself included. But he should fit just fine with the Timberwolves as he gets a fresh start, over the rest of this year under Thibodeau and beyond with all signs pointing toward a new coach being in place.
The move has had National Basketball Association fans licking their lips in anticipation over what many believe to be the forming of another "big-three" in the east, as the Simmons-Butler-Embiid combination will look to iron out its kinks.More news: Mahomes sets Chiefs single-season passing TD mark
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On the other hand, Butler puts the Sixers (on paper) in the same tier as Boston, Toronto and Milwaukee.
The team's first opportunity to get the Big Three together will be Wednesday against the Orlando Magic. Isaac, playing limited minutes in his first game back after missing six consecutive contests due to a sprained ankle, only needed a few seconds to make his presence felt. Redick finished with team-high 22 points while making 4 of 7 three-pointers. Covington will be the more direct replacement for Butler, as Minnesota's new starting small forward, but Saric should eventually supplant Taj Gibson at power forward.
As expected, though, this will be a work in progress.
Brand intimated that the rest of the season would be a period of evaluation for both Butler and the Sixers as the summer approaches. "You never hear a player say it".
"Not too many things go through my mind when I'm out here between these lines".
So, instead, the Sixers went all-in on Butler now, adding one of the league's elite two-way wing players to a roster already featuring one of its best point guards in Simmons and one of its best centers in Embiid.