With 30 points on average at 45% success in shooting against the Sixers, Bradley Beal spared no efforts to try to shake up Philadelphia, confirming more than ever his status as a strong scorer and second-best scorer of the regular season behind Stephen Curry.
Especially since Doc Rivers’ troops had arguments to limit him with Ben Simmons, Danny Green and Matisse Thybulle. But it was against the latter that Washington’s rear suffered the most.
The full-back took care of Bradley Beal for twelve minutes in this series, and the All-Star then shot 3/11 (or 27% of success) and lost 6 balls according to the numbers of the NBA, against 55% against Danny Green and 40% against Ben Simmons.
« He’s one of the best strikers in the world », admires Matisse Thybulle for NBC Sports. “He’s really a top-level player, a big competitor. He accepted the challenge to score on my head, on that of Ben Simmons, Danny Green, Joel Embiid… It shows his talent. He helped me grow, to progress in areas. I loved this challenge and I’m sure he too. «
No room for error
Among the downsides of his good performance, the Sixers defender committed five faults against Bradley Beal. It is in this sector, for example, that he believes he has gained experience.
“The poker moves that I can try against others, against such talented players, it does not work. Because they are just too talented. He reads situations so quickly. And, when you get to that level, he’s aware of the preferences of the defenders who deal with him. He attacks differently depending on the defender in front. In these moments, I must continue to be disciplined, over and over again. «
In difficulty to limit his faults against Bradley Beal, Matisse Thybulle will have to contain himself and be even smarter in the second round, because it is Trae Young, one of the specialists to provoke whistles and obtain free throws, who will now appear in front of him.
The two players have had little opportunity to cross swords this season, each having been absent for a meeting, and in their only duel, the Sixer hardly defended on the Atlanta playmaker. There, there’s an entire series ahead of them and a new challenge for the Philadelphia Watchdog.
“He’s a very dynamic scorer and passer. He focuses a lot of attention on the pick-and-roll and rules out play with his award-winning baskets and ability to shoot from great distances. We are one of the few teams that has several options in defense to get in the way. I am confident in our ability to defend on him. «