Fultz didn't leave the bench in Saturday's victory as he continues to work his way back into the regular rotation.
Coach Brett Brown opted to play Ben Simmons for the entire second half, leaving Fultz mired to the pine. He has had some good moments since making his return from a shoulder injury and this was likely a matchup thing. The 76ers will now return home where they look to secure the series and Fultz could play more of a role in that one depending on the nature of the scoreline.
Philadelphia head coach Brett Brown said after the team's morning shootaround that Fultz would act as the backup point guard Thursday against the Heat in Game 3 of the series, Derek Bodner of The Athletic Philadelphia reports.
Brown's comments suggest that T.J. McConnell may be dropped from the rotation as a result, but that wouldn't necessarily open up extended run for Fultz. Starting point guard Ben Simmons logged 39 minutes in Game 2, leaving minimal court time available for Fultz (five minutes) and McConnell (six minutes). If Thursday's game remains reasonably competitive, it's likely that Simmons would handle a similar workload, so Fultz could struggle to crack double-digit minutes even if he absorbs McConnell's court time.
Fultz finished with 13 points (6-13 FG, 1-2 FT), 10 rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, and one block in 25 minutes during Wednesday's 130-95 win over the Bucks.
Fultz was one of four reserves to earn 25-plus minutes, as 76ers coach Brett Brown looked to get his starters some rest with the score being so lopsided. Based on the fact that Fultz notched his first career triple-double, including career highs in scoring, rebounding, and assists, it's safe to say he has found his form heading into the postseason. Expect Fultz to continue running the show for the second unit.
Fultz wasn't much of a scoring threat Tuesday night but did have many other fine contributions during the win. The first pick of the 2017 NBA draft has played in 13 games so far and is averaging 6.7 points, 3.3 assists and 2.6 rebounds with one game left to play.
Fultz shot the ball well Friday on his way to 10 points despite playing only 12 minutes. Since returning from his shoulder injury, the former one-and-done at Washington is averaging 16 minutes, 7.3 points and 4.3 assists across seven games.
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