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Getty Sixers role players De'Anthony Melton and Paul Reed are seeing huge minutes due to a rash of injuries.

Philadelphia 76ers guard De’Anthony Melton started to see an uptick in minutes when James Harden hit the injured list. He assumed a starting job in the backcourt alongside Tyrese Maxey. Now Maxey and Harden are both out, leaving Melton and Shake Milton to play 38 minutes per night.

The next-man-up mentality that head coach Doc Rivers always preaches is being tested in real-time.

Melton has poured in 42 points over his last two contests, plus hustling on the other end with his trademark lock-down defense. It’s nothing new for Melton who was counted on for tough fill-in minutes last year for the Memphis Grizzlies when Ja Morant went down. Certain players just naturally embrace that mindset.

“I’ve been in that position before where I’m getting 2 minutes [per game] and then the next thing you know, I gotta go out there and play 20, 25 [minutes],” Melton said after beating Brooklyn 115-106. “Understanding that you gotta stay ready so you never gotta get ready. We’re all pros out here and we all made it here. So just do what you’ve done to make it here.”

De'Anthony Melton: Movement Shooter. We love to see it.

— Yaya Dubin (@JADubin5) November 23, 2022

Paul Reed is another guy stepping into a bigger role with Joel Embiid out. He exploded for 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in an eye-opening performance against Brooklyn. The game has slowed down a lot for Reed who is at his absolute best when he’s setting screens and rolling, something he has been working extra hard to perfect.

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“It’s slowing down, just recognizing that I don’t have to do as much,” Reed said. “It’s really just setting more screens and rolling. That’s where my opportunities are going to come from, just understanding the game, that comes with a little more reps.”

Paul Reed tonight:

31 minutes
19 points
10 rebounds
3 steals
2 blocks
+21 (team-high)
7-9 FGA

Likely the best game of his

— Pick Swap Podcast (@PickSwapPod) November 23, 2022

Melton added: “I think every time we step on the court we can get better. So I think that’s the most important thing. Win, lose, or draw, no matter what — on to the next one and keep getting better as a team, as a unit, and individually.”

Tyrese Maxey Coaching Guys Up From Bench

Tyrese Maxey might be nursing a bone fracture in his left foot, but that hasn’t stopped him from being around his teammates. The third-year guard has been spreading his contagious energy from the bench. (And handing out Thanksgiving turkeys to those in need).

Now official from the team: Tyrese Maxey has a small fracture in his left foot, and will be reevaluated in approximately two weeks.

— Kyle Neubeck (@KyleNeubeck) November 19, 2022

And he’s the first guy to jump up and cheer, coaching up his guys and sharing any insider information he has on opponents. Maxey had never missed any games due to injury before this one.

“He was just talking about how boring it is to watch the game sometimes, like you said, he’s never sat out,” Melton said. “Just talking with him, and understanding what the defense is doing, just trying to figure out what they got going on. I think we’re doing a great job of just communicating with guys down. All the guys hurt are definitely doing that for us.”

Reed, a draft classmate of Maxey in 2020, agreed with Melton’s assessment.

“It’s amazing, man,” Reed said. “He’s just always so happy, got so much energy. It’s like he always keeps the same energy, it’s contagious, it’s good.”

Tyrese Maxey earlier this week handed out around 300 turkeys and Thanksgiving meals for families in Philly at Tustin Rec Center. Even though he is hurt, he was in such a good mood bringing joy during the holidays.

Happy Thanksgiving everybody! ????

— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) November 24, 2022

Tobias Harris Credits Paul Reed, Georges Niang

The Sixers are navigating the injury storm as best they can. They have won three of their last five games following Wednesday night’s 107-101 loss to the Charlotte Hornets. Learning how to play cohseively as an undersmanned squad in November could help them immensely come playoff time. Their bench players are getting valuable minutes right now.

Very cool moment for Tobias Harris. Gets hurt, heads to the locker room, checks back in to a nice applause, then gets a dunk and a fadeaway on a post up. Crowd goes nuts. Brooklyn timeout.

— Paul Hudrick (@PaulHudrick) November 23, 2022

Starting forward Tobias Harris — dealing with his own “painful moments” and injuries — credited guys like Paul Reed and Georges Niang for stepping up.

“Paul Reed, his energy on the floor, he’s so young and he just goes out and plays with a ton of heart,” Harris said after the Nets game. “He finished the game with 19 [points] and 10 [rebounds] and his presence out there on the defensive end and being able to really see the openings in their defense and their pick and roll was huge for us. He rolled so many times for us and got easy layups. Georges in 17 minutes gave us a huge push for us especially in the first half, just coming in and being aggressive.”

Tobias Harris and P.J. Tucker putting in extra work together after @sixers practice ☔️

— Lauren Rosen (@LaurenMRosen) November 21, 2022

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Ex-senator unleashes on criminal Republicans like Trump who lied when they swore to uphold the Constitution

Former President Donald Trump went off on a tangent over the weekend that he believed the Constitution should be terminated. After backlash, Trump opened Monday claiming that it's all fake news and saying that he never said such a thing. The statement Trump posted on Truth Social hasn't been deleted.

Trump then made the case for why the rules and laws should be suspended and the 2020 election redone or he should be simply be handed to him.

Republicans were pressed over the question on the Sunday morning shows as many bobbed and dodged trying to admit they disagreed with the former president.

Speaking to MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace on Monday, former Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) called out Republicans for refusing to stand up for the Constitution, which they took an oath to uphold. GOP Trump foes were more than happy to come forward, however.

"Claire, that's how the deadly insurrection happened, Trump knew he lost, all the Republicans knew he lost," said Wallace. "They decide to let him cry it out like an 18-month-old. We knocked that out around 2 I think in the toddler book I read. He seeds disinformation. Stewart Rhodes says, I'm waiting for him to declare the Insurrection Act. Stewart Rhodes is on his way to jail. Donald Trump being allowed to cry it out is only possible when Republicans like Mr. Joyce and Mr. McCarthy do nothing. And when you look at the -- we talk about it here every day, the current threat of domestic violent extremism, it is linked to lies told by Trump and his allies in the media."

McCaskill said that looking at the lies, Trump has said, namely that he claimed he loved his "very special" supporters on Jan. 6 or that he cared about law enforcement or the military.

"He lied when he said he loved his country, and he lied when he said he loved the Constitution," McCaskill continued. "The biggest lie he told was the oath of office. He was lying as he had his hand on the Bible that he would uphold the Constitution. The only thing Donald Trump was ever interested in was any lie he needed to tell to get power and hold on to power so he could look himself in the mirror and convince himself that he's wonderful because deep down he knows he's not. And that kind of person is very dangerous with power."

Now that he has lost and his lawsuits are starting to stack up, she said that he's growing more desperate.

"The dinner with con Kanye and the white supremacist was desperate. This was desperate," she said. "And the idea you have a journalist had Kevin McCarthy on TV over the weekend and didn't even ask the future Speaker of the House whether or not it was okay that the president of his party said to get rid of the Constitution, I mean this crime is being committed all over the landscape of Republicans and Republican sycophants, including some on another network. And it is about time for somebody to be a leader here because if they are, you know what's going to happen? They're going to win. A leader right now in the Republican Party would win. But they're all too afraid. I've never seen anything like it."

Punch Bowl News co-founder Jake Sherman said that he doesn't understand why Republicans get so angry at reporters for asking about these statements. If Republicans would stand up against Trump, then it wouldn't be a story. Instead, over and over again, Trump does something insane and Republican leaders refuse to respond, which results in stories about how Republicans refuse to denounce Nazis or white supremacists or "terminating the Constitution."

Trump's claim that he never said that or it was fake news gives Republicans the out, Sherman said.

"They're going to try to get themselves off the hook here is they're going to say that Trump later walked back those statements and it's going to be kind of like what Joyce said here," he explained. "It's going to be like, well, he actually didn't mean it. It was out of context, which it wasn't. He said what he said and he believes it and that the larger issue, Nicolle, is just like the dinner with the Nazi. It gives permission -- a permission structure for people to say these crazy things and start to believe them among his base. People could say maybe the constitution isn't that great. Maybe it does need to be updated. Maybe there shouldn't be election laws. Trump saying it gives that permission structure to have that conversation which is obscene and absurd, just like it gives a permission structure to neo-Nazis, anti-semites and white supremacists in which they should be normalized."

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