Sixers guard Tyrese Maxey assesses his preseason performance after loss

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The Philadelphia 76ers wrapped up the preseason on Friday when they fell to the Detroit Pistons 112-108 on the road. Now that the preseason is over, it’s time to look back at the regular season as well as look back at the exhibition games and assess how the team looked.

Tyrese Maxey is a guy who had a lot of eyes on him as he has been taking on more responsibility amid the Ben Simmons situation. Maxey has been looking to strike a balance between being a scorer as well as a playmaker and he did a solid job of that on Friday as he scored 16 points while knocking down a couple of 3-pointers.

“I try to do what I do, get downhill,” said Maxey after the loss. “Coach has really been on me about getting into the paint, creating for myself, creating for others, and just trying to stay solid defensively, being in the right spot, keeping the ball pressure, and talking as much as I can.”

That has been a huge emphasis for coach Doc Rivers with Maxey. With the uncertainty around the Simmons situation, the team needs somebody who can get into the paint and create the way he once did for this team. Maxey did a solid job of that as he wrapped up the preseason on Friday.

“Everybody was good,” said Rivers. “Tyrese played with great speed, he got in the paint which was great. I thought he played well.”

This will be a continued challenge for Maxey moving forward, but considering he is only in his second season, he will have to continue to move forward with the instruction from Rivers.

“I didn’t play extremely well, but I tried to do my best as far as Coach Doc, like I said has really been on me these past three weeks, however long it’s been, about getting into the paint, getting into the paint, getting into the paint,” Maxey added. “He says, ‘Do you think anybody can stay in front of you?’, I say no, he says, ‘So, why aren’t you getting into the paint?’”

The biggest thing is Maxey is continuing to learn all of this while also still being an effective player. The challenge now is to take things to the next level and understand that he needs to continue to attack the paint.

“I realize he’s right,” Maxey finished. “Off ball screens, off transition, and even off made baskets, my first goal is to get into the paint, find others, create shots for others and create shots for myself.”

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