CJ McCollum of the Blazers weighs in on the Sixers’ “explosive” guard.

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CJ McCollum of the Blazers weighs in on the Sixers’ “explosive” guard.

 

Tyrese Maxey’s athleticism is evident on film. With a rocket-infused jet pack strapped to his back, the second-year guard soars around like a professional breakdancer. Maxey had 10 points and seven assists in the Sixers’ 113-103 victory over the Blazers.

On both ends of the floor, he was aggressive, particularly on defense, where he emulated Damian Lillard. The Blazers’ leading scorer scored 20 points, but only eight of them with Maxey on his back. CJ McCollum, Lillard’s teammate, was impressed by what he witnessed from the youngster.

McCollum described him as “very swift and explosive.” “I believe he is still figuring out how to handle a club, but I appreciate what I’ve seen so far and have followed his career since Kentucky. He’s a clever player, and I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about him. He’s got a great career ahead of him.”

Defensive highlights of Tyrese Maxey vs. Damian Lillard

Maxey did an excellent job against Damian Lillard last night; in his last five games, he has held opponents to a 38.9% field goal percentage (21/54) and a 26.9% three-point percentage (9/32).

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Maxey was seen in the weight room next to the Sixers’ locker room after the game. After 30 minutes of jogging up and down the court, the 200-pounder was getting a lift in minutes. No one can deny the kid’s dedication to improving “one percent” every day. After a win or a loss, he gives himself 12 hours to “grieve.”

“You have 12 hours to mourn the game before you let it go,” Maxey explained. “A goldfish has short-term memory, so we’ll go with that.”

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