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...

Tim Caldwell