76ers reserve guard Matisse Thybulle played just 19 minutes in Philadelphia’s 120-95 Game 2 win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night, but that’s all the time that he needed to put on a defensive clinic.
After the game, Sixers coach Doc Rivers compared Thybulle to Hawks guard, and three-time NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award winner, Lou Williams. “Like Lou Williams, and I had Jamal Crawford, both of those guys, offensively when you threw them in, you told them if they pass the ball once you are going to take them out. Their job was to score. Matisse’s job is to get stops when he comes in. I haven’t had a lot of guys [like that]. Tony Allen, I guess, way back, was very similar because he was coming off the bench for us.”
This was the second straight game that Thybulle drew praise from the team for the impact that he made on the defensive end. After Game 1 on Sunday, Joel Embiid said that he thought Thybulle played the best on the whole team on that end of the floor.