The Sixers enter first in the Eastern Conference with a record of 39-19, 0.5-game up on the Nets and 3.5 games ahead of Milwaukee.
Without Joel, the Sixers shot the ball better than Milwaukee, had fewer turnovers, and rebounded at a higher rate. What explains the loss? The Bucks had 24 free throws attempts to the Sixers’ 8. Considering Joel leads the NBA in free throws attempted per game, it’s not unreasonable to feel like the Sixers would have come out on top had he played.