Shake Milton single-handedly gave 76ers fans a reason to celebrate over the weekend. The team may not have scored a victory against the title-contending Los Angeles Clippers, falling 136-130 at Staples Center, but the team may have found a gem in the rough. That gem’s name is Shake Milton.
The second year player out of SMU has been playing in the G League as recently as December and found himself unable to earn playing time behind the likes of Ben Simmons, Josh Rirchadson, and Alec Burks. However, significant injuries at the top of the roster have forced coach Brett Brown to experiment with different players and lineups. Enter Shake Milton.
Milton put together an eye-popping 39 point performance on Sunday, which included a red-hot scorching start as the guard went 10-11 from the field and a perfect 4-4 from behind the three point line en route to 26 points in the first half.
History was officially made during the second half when Milton sunk his fifth deep ball of the game. That amounted to 13 consecutive three-pointers made for Milton across the last three games and officially tied the NBA record. Just minutes later, the record was all his as he made his 14th long-range attempt straight.
Historical achievements aside, the 76ers need players like Milton to continue to step up in the absence of their stars. The Miami Heat continue to falter and securing home court for the first round of the playoffs is a top priority for Philadelphia.
Teammate Al Horford, who is experiencing a slight renaissance in his play the last few games, expressed his support for Milton, stating “He’s showing that he can be legitimate and play, even when we’re back at full strength.”
Full strength means that franchise cornerstones Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are back on the floor. The hope is that their return, coupled with increased production from Milton and the rest of the supporting cast will translate into regular season and playoff victories. For now, we’ll celebrate Shake Milton’s individual achievement.