Sixers teammates Tobias Harris and Danny Green stand up for each other despite criticism from Philly fans.
The Philadelphia 76ers are playing their best basketball track since October. The team drives a winning streak of five games. Why are the Sixers fans so angry? First they dumped Tobias Harris during another bad night of shooting. And now they’re turning their anger on Danny Green.
Green has had a historically bad night against Orlando, where he scored zero in 24 minutes. In addition, he didn’t record a single statistic: no points, no assists, no rebounds, no steals, no blocks. It was the first time a gamer had done this since Tony Snell in 2017 (via StatMuse).
Of course, that annoyed a lot of people in Philadelphia. Green signed a two-year deal worth $ 20 million to stay in Philadelphia during the off-season. To make matters worse, Sixers fans didn’t like the way he defended Harris after the game. “I know he [Harris] got it,” Green said of 97.5 The Fanatic. “I try to be an encouragement because I know the job he’s doing and regardless of how he plays he doesn’t deserve the disrespect he’s got so far from our home pitch or our fans or even outside fans. A lot of people outside of our fans haven’t given him the benefit of doubting what he’s done for the team this year and in recent years. The job he did. “
I might be wrong, but I’m getting the impression that Danny Green doesn’t like the hometown fans.
To be fair, Harris does a lot of little things, that do not appear in the box score. He’s a tough, willing defender. He is a fluid passer and a surprisingly strong shot blocker (see: two blocks against Orlando). Maybe we all need to loosen it up a bit. And forget about this $ 180 million deal. “Obviously, they [fans] only see the numbers,” Green said. “You see what he’s not doing and what he’s doing and what you think he should be doing. He’s a big part of that team and I’m just trying to tell him to just block out the noise. We all do that. I try to encourage him, try to simplify the game and make it easier for him. We know you are frustrated. We know that sometimes things don’t go the way you want them to and he knows, ‘Yeah, I have to perform better, I have to play better’ and it happens. “
From @ 975Middays – When you get the latest For comments from Danny Green on Philly fans and Tobias Harris, go here: pic.twitter.com/d3WJJuSR95
The picture of Harris clapping fans in his hometown on January 3rd is tough too Clear. It is the textbook definition of what not to do in Philadelphia. However, the star striker has proven to be a good guy over the years – in the locker room, on the pitch, off the pitch – and let’s not forget his fight against COVID-19 earlier this season. Harris explained where he came from the other day.
After encouraging fans to boo, Tobias Harris also tells fans not to “clap” after making a bucket. 😬 # HereTheyCome | @drewmsmith pic.twitter.com/54sWlyUTE2
“I understand how our fan base is booing sometimes, and they cheer us louder than anyone, too,” Harris told reporters. “I don’t want anyone to twist it, I love our fan base. I love the excitement at the Wells Fargo Arena. I know that you are our sixth man and help us. ”
Harris recovered with a strong game against the Magic. He scored 22 points while going 9-on-19 out of the field (3-out-of-6 out of the three-point country). He also had nine rebounds, two blocks and four assists in 44 minutes. Small steps. Harris was the first to admit that he had an “up and down” by his standards.
“I also know that when you cheer and praise you have to be ready to accept criticism,” said Harris. “At that point I was definitely frustrated and it was just one of those things. But obviously I learned from it to just stay cool and stay the way I am. ”
Tobias Harris on @NBCSPhilly (re: Monday night): At this point I was totally frustrated. (The fans) are our sixth man, they boo and cheer us on. Nobody in the arena is tougher for me than me. pic.twitter.com/bUWDdbLre4
Danny Green (calf weakness) was rated as questionable for Friday night’s game against the San Antonio Spurs. Reserve Guard Isaiah Joe has also been classified as questionable with a leg problem. They will be game time decisions even though Green was shot while shooting around.
Danny Green shot at Sixers Shootaround with a sleeve on his left calf. Listed as questionable for tonight. pic.twitter.com/2DhCoum9eX
In the meantime, Matisse Thybulle has deleted the COVID-19 protocol (via Keith Pompey) and should be ready to go. Tyrese Maxey, Shake Milton, Paul Reed, and Jaden Springer all stay outside. The Sixers and Spurs give the tip at 7 p.m. on January 7th in South Philadelphia.