In today's newsletter:
- Thoughts on last night's 120-106 win.
- Key stats.
- Quotes and press conference audio.
- Link roundup.
"These guys stink."
That was the internal monologue I had going on in my head about the Sixers' opponent as I was watching the Sixers drop 33 on the Pacers in an opening quarter that very well could have been a 40-spot for the Sixers if a couple of wide-open three-point shots didn't rim out. No contender should be patting themselves on the back for beating this Pacers team, especially not a version of this Pacers team that was playing without Myles Turner.
But the Spurs stunk, too, and as James Harden noted after the game, the Sixers' 0-3 start felt almost like 0-82. After a winless opening week to the season the Sixers were firmly in the beggars can't be choosers portion of their schedule.
The Sixers got the win on Monday night, and they did legitimately play better in some areas, with the significant caveat needed that the Pacers do, in fact, stink.