With the Philadelphia 76ers losing superstar Joel Embiid right now to a bruised bone, they have to rely on other players to take their place and provide production.
They have decided to turn to Tony Bradley, a 23-year-old big fourth year in his place, and the young man continues to deliver. He had 18 points, 11 rebounds and two steals in Tuesday’s 108-98 win over the Golden State Warriors while continuing to produce.
The Sixers needed all their production in this one, as veteran Dwight Howard struggled a bit off the bench when Philadelphia blew a 24-point lead in this one.
“I just thought it was amazing,” said coach Doc Rivers. “If I had a night star, it would probably be tonight. I thought Dwight was in trouble tonight and we needed a boost at that position and when he came back in the fourth quarter, I thought he did everything right. “
Bradley seemed to be able to succeed against Warriors rookie James Wiseman as he used his size and strength against him. He seemed like a smart veteran giving the team what they needed.
“I just want to play every game,” Bradley said. Come with some energy and effort. It only shows one engine. “
The Sixers definitely appreciated his engine and energy in this one. When Philadelphia needed a spark to get back on track in the right direction, the young big man came out with a great play.
“He’s a guy who came in these minutes and he’s doing a great job with them,” Tobias Harris said. “He loves to play, he comes to play, he has great energy, he doesn’t really say too much, but he comes out, he plays with his tail and he did a lot of dirty work for us today and defending really well. It just impacted the game on both sides, so the guys like it, it’s important. That’s winning basketball right there and it really helped us win tonight’s game. “
As mentioned above, Bradley is only 23 years old despite being in the league for more than three seasons. He still has a lot to develop and is doing all the dirty work the team needs every night.
Some younger players will try to do too much when they replace a guy of Embiid’s caliber, but Bradley isn’t. He’s staying within himself, he’s helping the team in a big way.
“We continue with him about falling in love with his role and being great in his role and doing it every night, and he’s doing that,” Rivers concluded. “More importantly, just his job, man, I think he’s lost 20 pounds since the start of camp. Work after every practice after every game. I am very happy for him. We also forget how young he is. Sometimes I even do it. I’m sure you guys do too. “
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