The Sixers went back to a heavy usage of their 2-3 zone defense to bother the Rockets, and Thybulle thrived.
He broke up plays on and off the ball, and thrived when the Sixers used their 2-3 zone. “He’s one of the reasons why we [use zone]. We did it in Indiana, in that fourth quarter, and it completely changed the game. And tonight, we basically did it the whole game. He was all over the place and I think he has a chance, especially when it comes to the All-NBA Defensive Team.”
Here are some highlights of Matisse Thybulle’s dominant defense against the Pacers, including him wreaking havoc in the Sixers’ 2-3 zone. “We haven’t done [zone] much without Ben [Simmons] on the floor, the Matisse-Ben combination is fantastic. Tonight we did it. We really didn’t plan on doing it long, we were going to do it in stretches, but once we figured that that caused confusion, we stayed in it.”
As the Sixers didn’t have Simmons on Wednesday due to illness, Danny Green had the chance to spend more time working next to Thybulle in the 2-3 zone.