Shake Milton and Haywood Highsmith pull “double duty” as Shamet rejects the rookie wall in game 41.
Shake Milton started and dominated in the Delaware Blue Coats 119-108 win over the 905 Raptors on Tuesday morning. Milton, who played 38 minutes in the 11am matinee, was called on to play again Tuesday evening for the Sixers.
With JJ Redick out for Tuesday’s game against the Wizards, the Sixers needed Shake to suit up.
“I haven’t played two games in a day since AAU,” said Milton when asked about the possibility of playing both the morning and evening games.
Shake, for what it’s worth, was dominant in the earlier game. Milton had 33 points, 6 boards, and 8 assists in 38 minutes against the 905.
Prior to Tuesday’s start for the Blue Coats, Milton had been getting more minutes in the past few weeks, as the Sixers evaluate him for a potential conversion of his 2-way contract.
Tuesday evening for the Sixers, Milton played another 20 minutes, scoring 4 points with 3 rebounds and 2 assists.
This put Shake’s day at 37 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists in 58 total minutes played.
2 For 2
The morning game was a rare opportunity for the program to have two home games in the same building which made the move viable for Brett Brown.
It should also be noted that Haywood Highsmith, who played 33 minutes in the morning, was also suited up for the Wizards game. According to Brett Brown pregame, Highsmith was unlikely to play in the night game.
But due to the blowout win against Washington, Highsmith wound up playing the final 5 minutes, going 1-1 from 3 with a highlight lob assist. Highsmith is shooting 39.3% from three for the Delaware Blue Coats.
In his first Sixers locker room media scrum Tuesday, Haywood talked with confidence about his ability to work and improve and compete at the professional level.
Speaking of Fatigue
I Spoke with Landry Shamet in the locker room pregame about the rookie wall. He acknowledges that it may be something that he may experience 41 games in but hasn't felt anything he would describe as a wall yet.— J Blevins (@JBlevinsNBA) January 9, 2019
Still figuring out his sleep and workout routine, learning from JJ.
Shamet expressed some tiredness prior to the game Tuesday night. He was unsure if he might be getting sick or maybe beginning to feel the grind of the long NBA season.
It certainly didn’t show as Shamet led the team on Tuesday night with 29 points on 8-14 shooting from three. Eight three pointers tied the Sixers season high. Eight threes is also just one behind the Sixers franchise record 9 by Dana Barros.
Sadly, Shamet ended the evening with just 2 rebounds….