That is when Matisse Thybulle earned more playing time and it was his turn to take on the challenge of defending Fox.
“I think once the game slowed down for us, we were able to just do a better job of guarding as a team,” Thybulle stated. “Individually, it’s hard. He’s a hard matchup, hard guy to keep in front, but when you have the big in a drop to help you corral him and then guys in the show on the help side and the weak side, it makes it a lot better for the team.”
Fox is a left-handed player and it seemed like he had a tough time getting to his left on any drives, but Thybulle just wanted to make things tough on him regardless of which hand he drove with. “A lot of guys are used to getting those shots off, or just getting them over like contest but if I’m able to impact the shot, blocks shot, even better, it just makes them second guess and think twice. If we can get guys to not take shots that they’re used to taking, I think that’s a win in my book.”
The next challenge for him and the Sixers will be Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday.