Doc Rivers says 76ers will use three different starting lineups depending on matchups

After Philadelphia’s 113-112 success over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night, Doc Rivers exposed that the Sixers will be using 3 various beginning lineups moving on in the season. This news began the heels of Rivers moving young star guard Tyrese Maxey to the bench in favor of De’Anthony Melton for the match with the Lakers. 

Melton began in location of Maxey while Maxey was sidelined with a foot injury, and he showed to be an extremely tight fit with Philly’s initially 5. Rivers didn’t expose what the 3 various lineups are, however he acknowledged they will move depending upon challengers. 

“We told our team that there’s three different lineups that we’ll be using from this point on,” Rivers stated. “We were going to do it in the Utah game, but Tobias [Harris] was out. They know the lineups. I’m not going to share them, but there’s three different lineups we’ll use on different nights… Some nights, it will be to match up to [opponents]. Some nights, it’ll be to make them match up to us.”

While Rivers didn’t enter into specifics, it’s not too difficult to speculate what the 3 various lineups might be based upon the method the season has actually played out up until now. One of the lineups is most likely the beginning 5 that the Sixers began the season with — Maxey, James Harden, Tobias Harris, P.J. Tucker and Joel Embiid. 

The 2nd lineup most likely swaps out Melton for Maxey, as we saw versus the Lakers on Sunday night. Running Melton with the very first 5 offers the Sixers with more of a protective existence to start the video game while having Maxey out there is everything about firepower. The 3rd version of the beginning lineup might effectively be a small-ball appearance that the Sixers have actually utilized that consists of both Maxey and Melton in addition to Harden, Harris and Embiid.  

Having various beginning lineups is an uncommon method, as groups — specifically competitors — normally choose to develop connection. However, that does not always suggest it’s a bad concept. If the lineup purchases into the concept, it might work to optimize the specific skills on the group. The concern then ends up being: what will such buy-in take?

“Maturity,” Rivers stated. “Really that’s the key. If we can handle it, it will be really good for us because I think we have enough guys that we can do that with. But we may find out that it doesn’t work well and go back to one lineup.” 

Clearly, Rivers does not prepare to require the concern if the group does not react, however there’s absolutely nothing incorrect with a little bit of regular-season tinkering. The objective is to have the group comfy and clicking come playoff time, and there are still a couple of months prior to then. 

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