March 24, 2014 |
CHICAGO - The losing has been long, painful, and often embarrassing. Now, it's close to being historic. The 76ers are two losses away from tying the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers' record for futility. The Sixers' losing streak reached 24 games on Saturday as Joakim Noah scored 20 points to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 91-81 victory at the United Center. The Sixers (15-55) have the second-longest losing streak in NBA history behind Cleveland. They have yet to win since former teammate Evan Turner hit a buzzer-beater at Boston on Jan. 29 and have dropped a mind-boggling 34 of 37. "At the end of the day, we are going to get over the hump," Thaddeus Young said about snapping the losing streak.
March 21, 2014 |
THE BRACKETS have been passed around (for amusement purposes only, of course) and most of us have made our selections for the NCAA Tournament. Players are no different. Like many others, they keep an eye on March Madness mostly with their attention focused on the colleges they attended. "I really don't care who's going to win it," said guard Darius Johnson-Odom. "Since Marquette isn't in it, I really don't have any interest. I don't know. I guess I'll go with North Carolina State [citing an acquaintance for his reasoning]
January 21, 2014 |
DEFENSE. It has been the hot topic on the mind of 76ers head coach Brett Brown practically since he took over this team in August. He knew that he had no real inside presence to protect the rim, so doing that would have to be a total team effort. The plan was to protect the paint at all cost and get out on outside shooters as quickly as possible. Another problem: It became painfully obvious to Brown that he didn't have the quickest of wing players to close the gap and protect the lane to the outside shooters.
January 20, 2014 |
CHICAGO - Talk about a double-whammy for the 76ers. They were routed by the Chicago Bulls, 103-78, on Saturday night at the United Center. And in the process, sixth man Tony Wroten suffered what appeared to be a serious right-ankle sprain. So in the end, the Sixers (13-27) lost their sixth game in seven contests and their best player off what had already been a thin bench. Shooting guard James Anderson also left the game with 4 minutes, 20 seconds left after getting kneed in his lower back.
November 5, 2013 |
IF YOU WERE one of the many fans who sat in the stands at the Wells Fargo Center for two of the Sixers' three games this season, you left with a big smile, eyebrows raised and either a shrug of the shoulders or a shake of the head. Who could have envisioned wins over the Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls - two of the Eastern Conference favorites? And both comeback wins, at that. In both home games, the Sixers were down by nine points in the fourth quarter, with the opposition sporting superstars LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Derrick Rose.
November 4, 2013 |
Maybe the 76ers are better than expected. How else can you explain the excitement they are providing under rookie head coach Brett Brown? The youthful and inexperienced group of fringe players has done the unthinkable: start the season with three straight wins. Their latest victory was a 107-104 decision over the Chicago Bulls at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night. The Sixers have opened the season with three consecutive victories for the first time since the 2006-07 season.
May 16, 2013 |
KNOWING HIS team needed him at his best, Dwyane Wade retreated to the Miami Heat locker room after the third quarter for some quick treatment on his aching right knee. When he came back, he was good as new. And now he can rest until the Eastern Conference finals. LeBron James scored 23 points, Wade added 18 and had a brilliant 45-second sequence that proved crucial, and the Heat clawed back from an 11-point second-half deficit to beat the Chicago Bulls, 94-91, last night and close out their second-round series in five games.
May 9, 2013 |
SO MUCH FOR that notion of the Miami Heat being in trouble. Sure, they've lost homecourt advantage in these Eastern Conference semifinals. But an absolute domination of the visiting Chicago Bulls last night made the reigning NBA champions look like the clear-cut team to beat in this title race once again. "We're still in the hole," said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, whose team will need to win at least one game in Chicago if it's going to prevail in this series. But given how one-sided last night's game was, that wouldn't seem like too tall a challenge.
May 7, 2013
Nate Robinson scored 27 points, Jimmy Butler added 21 points and 14 rebounds while playing every second for the third consecutive game, and the Chicago Bulls stunned the host Miami Heat, 93-86, on Monday night to take Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Trailing by 86-83 with two minutes to go, the Bulls scored the final 10 points of the game to beat the Heat. Joakim Noah added 13 points and Taj Gibson had 12 for Chicago, which snapped a 27-game Miami winning streak during the regular season and handed the Heat their first loss in their last 13 games in this one. Marco Bellinelli scored 10 points for the Bulls after being fined $15,000 by the NBA for making an obscene gesture in the fourth quarter of Saturday night's win at Brooklyn.
May 3, 2013 |
DERON WILLIAMS, Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson each scored 17 points, and the Brooklyn Nets again avoided elimination, beating the short-handed Chicago Bulls, 95-92, last night to tie their first-round series at three. The series goes back to Brooklyn for Game 7 tomorrow, with the winner getting defending champion Miami in the second round. "We just believed," Johnson said. "We believed in one another. In practice [Wednesday], we went over a lot. More so than anything, it was about who wanted it badder.