Observations from the Sixers 3-2 road trip

The Sixers completed their 5 games West Coast trip and showed a lot of positives, including two dominant performances from JoJo.

The Sixers wrapped up a 5 game road trip with a 3-2 record, and it had a lot of peaks and one low valley in one of their losses, but overall, the team has an 8-6 record heading into a rematch with the Golden State Warriors and there are good vibes all around the team after some staggering performances.

1. The loss to the Sacremento Kings showed that they are still very, very young

The way the Sixers lost to Sacramento was bad, but it shouldn't be a surprise nor a cause to call for Brett Brown's job, which is downright stupid. This team is still very new and very young and the current iteration of this roster has played a grand total of 14 games. That doesn't excuse the loss against the Kings, the Sixers had a 108-102 lead with 1:11 left in the game before JJ Redick fouled De'Arron Fox on an and-1 drive to the basket and started a 7-0 in the last minute to give the Kings the victory. That can't happen, but it's a learning experience. 

A lot was made over Brett Brown not calling a timeout after Fox made the go-ahead jumper with 15 seconds left, deciding to play it out against a defense that was not set, but people forget that it has worked in the past. Two prime examples from last season are TJ McConnell's buzzer beater against the Knicks and Robert Covington's go-ahead three against the Portland Trailblazers. It seems like people who just started following the team yesterday or people who just can't see that Brett Brown is a solid coach who knows what he is doing, are just looking for every little reason to validate or justify their terrible "fire Brett Brown" take. Brown has seen it all, I'm confident he knows what he is doing, he isn't perfect by any means and has some things to prove but now that he has a stable roster, he needs time to grow as a coach himself. I think he is a really good coach and is perfect for this squad, but let's hold off on wanting to fire him for every little thing he does or doesn't do.

2. Everybody gets Warrior'd by the Warriors

I was looking forward to last Saturday's showdown with the Warriors. I admittedly skipped out on watching the NBC Philly broadcast to watch the NBC Bay Area broadcast just to see what they thought about the young Sixers, and man, they thought very highly of them. Their affection was validated when the Sixers kept up with probably the greatest team ever assembled for 2 quarters and a half. In the first half, the Sixers were whipping the ball around the court, forcing turnovers on defense, and scored 64 points in the first half despite not having a single player in double figures heading into halftime. With all that said, a quick run at the end of the half put the Warriors up 1 heading into halftime, this team is god-like, plug one hole and another leak springs, and eventually the wall breaks. It was tied at 74 with about 7 minutes to go in the third quarter and then the downpour of threes started to flush out the Sixers, and the game quickly got away from the Sixers.

It was the classic Warriors run we have seen for the last three seasons. You think you're in it, when all of a sudden, you're not. The Warriors turned up the defense, forced Joel Embiid to commit 7 turnovers while holding him to just 12 points, and Draymond Green gave approximately zero respect to Ben Simmons' jump shot, going about 500 feet under the screen and triple-dog daring him to shoot.