Perfect Strangers aka Da Joint
Joel Embiid. NBA All Star. 23 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists per game in the 2017-18 NBA season. Generational talent.
Ben Simmons. Rookie of the Year. 16, 8 and 8. Transcendent talent.
But when it really came down to it, Teej and Super Dario saved the season. For now.
Down 3-0 in the Eastern Conference Semi-finals against the Boston Celtics, the Philadelphia 76ers decided to change things up and put TJ McConnell in the starting line up, replacing Robert Covington. There have been a lot of people criticizing Sixers Head Coach Brett Brown for decisions he has made during these Playoffs and this one seemed like a deliberate attempt to get himself fired. But somehow it worked. The aforementioned Embiid scored 15 points, on 6-15 shooting, and added 13 rebounds and 2 assists in 35 minutes. His partner in in fame, the as yet uncrowned Rookie of the Year Simmons put up 19 points, also shooting 6-15 with 13 rebounds and 5 assists in 33 minutes.
And then there were our heros. Teej and Super Dario. TJ McConnell put up 19 points on 9-12 shooting, with 7 rebounds and 5 assists in 39 minutes.
And as for his better half, Dario Saric scored 25 points with 8 rebounds and 4 assists on 9-17 shooting in 39 minutes.
It was an unlikely a duo to come through in the clutch and keep the Sixers' hopes alive. It was as unlikely as Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith ever reuniting on a hit single. And yet it happened. Like...