Sixers reveal PJ Tucker-led small-ball lineup in preseason win over Cavs

Early in the Sixers’ third preseason game, Tobias Harris lined up for the jump ball. And after Jarrett Allen predictably controlled the opening tip for the Cleveland Cavaliers, he was greeted for the game’s first possession by someone other than Harris: PJ Tucker. And with that, we saw the beginning of a new, critically important experiment for the Philadelphia 76ers.

It’s no big secret that preseason games generally mean little more than an opportunity for players to get in better shape. The Sixers demonstrated that urgency Monday in Cleveland by giving Joel Embiid the night off, his second scheduled break in three preseason contests. The result, a 113-97 win that took the Sixers’ preseason record to 3-0, certainly doesn’t matter. But precisely because Embiid and Montrezl Harrell (everyday rib injury) were not available, this game could have been an exception in terms of importance.

Doc Rivers chose to form De’Anthony Melton in Embiid’s place, a move that doesn’t even remotely resemble a like-for-like swap. Sixers reveal PJ Tucker-led small-ball lineup in preseason win over Cavs

John Verrall

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