Charlie Brown Jr. stands out, Isaiah Joe leaves game in loss to Nets

It was a tough day for the Summer Sixers as the red-hot Isaiah Joe suffered an injury and the team suffered a 91-84 loss to the Nets in Vegas.

Joe started the game — and made an early three — but then missed the rest of the contest with right shoulder soreness. Joe and Paul Reed, who is not playing in Vegas, have clearly been the Sixers’ two best players.

Here are a few notes on how some notable players did.

Charlie Brown Jr.: 14 points (2 of 3 from three), 4 rebounds, 2 steals

The Philly native and two-way player impressed in the first half, leading the Sixers in scoring with nine points. He buried a corner three, but he also showed off a bit off the dribble. He had a real nice floater as well off a pick-and-roll. He had a couple nice finishes around the rim, something he struggled with during his brief time with the Sixers. He continued to show off his impressive defense and how he uses his length on both ends to hit the glass. He also did a strong job when asked to defend the explosive Cameron Thomas.

Charles Bassey: 11 points, 9 rebounds, 1 block

It was a solid start for Bassey who hit a midrange jumper and had a nice put-back bucket. Fouls and turnovers seem to be Bassey’s biggest weak spots right now. He just needs more discipline on both ends if he wants to earn backup big minutes this season. Bassey also flashed his ability to stretch the floor a bit with a pick-and-pop three.

Jaden Springer: 9 points, 3 steals, 2 assists

More of the same from Springer — great defensive flashes, athletic drives to the rim, but a few sloppy turnovers and hesitancy with his jumper. Speaking of the jumper, he took an attempt early that was one of his better ones. It came up short but it was confident and quick. He made this one later in the half.

Springer’s ability to draw fouls has stood out. He took four more free throws on Sunday. That athleticism and speed combo is a real weapon. If he can get the shooting to a better place and cut back on the turnovers, there’s offensive upside there.

Trevelin Queen: 9 points, 2 assists

Feel like a broken record talking about Queen’s passing, but it really has stood out — though the assist and turnover numbers haven’t always bared that out. He was a very willing shooter on Sunday, taking nine threes and making three. He did struggle from the field overall (3 of 13). Still, athletic 6-foot-6 wings with playmaking chops aren’t common. Queen still has a long way to go to have a shot at the roster, but you can see the appeal.

Other notes:

  • Cassius Winston led the Sixers with 16 points and seven assists.
  • Malik Ellison made sure not to waste his opportunity as a starter Sunday. The undrafted product out of Hartford showed why he’s stuck around on the fringes of the league, playing with tons of energy. He had eight points, five rebounds, three blocks, and a steal.
  • Filip Petrusev was billed as an offensive big, but he’s shown much more on the other end. The 2021 second-rounder did make a couple nice passes and attempted a couple threes that looked good on the release. He had three assists and two steals.

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