March 29, 2015 |
THERE WAS the stutter-step dribble that led to a lefthanded floater. Another time it was the one-dribble power move to the left that led to a layup. There also was a quick power move to the right baseline over a smaller defender that went for a dunk and an ensuing free throw. He also ran down Chris Paul from behind and flicked the ball away from him during a dribble, leading to a basket at the other end. Nerlens Noel's progression can't be talked or written about enough. Last night, he was matched up against Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, one of the premier rebounders and shot blockers in the NBA, though offensively challenged.
March 27, 2015 |
HIS WORDS were almost as bold as his center's play of late. Following Wednesday's 99-85 win at Denver, 76ers coach Brett Brown emphatically stated: "People have to really start talking about him for rookie of the year. You don't just repetitively bang out these types of performances and produce the numbers that he is producing. He is a complete game changer. He is a complete defensive presence when he's lurking to block shots. He just continues to improve at this time of year. He keeps moving up the food chain and heading in the direction that we're all so thrilled about.
March 26, 2015 |
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — It was the same story as usual for the 76ers. They played hard, kept things competitive, but ultimately exited their opponent's arena with a loss. This time, it was a 107-106 setback to the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night at Sleep Train Arena. Down one point with 8.2 seconds left, the Sixers called a 20-second timeout. When the game resumed, they faked the ball to Robert Covington and gave the ball to Hollis Thompson. It was a play the Sixers had a lot of success with this season.
March 16, 2015 |
IT LOOKED as though his sitting streak would reach four straight after not getting a minute in the first half. If that had happened, Henry Sims wouldn't have like it, but he wouldn't have complained. Lately, 76ers coach Brett Brown has been dividing Sims' normal minutes to newcomer Thomas Robinson and Furkan Aldemire. Those two were Brown's choices for the first half again last night against the Sacramento Kings. But Nerlens Noel was getting little help in trying to stop the Kings' beast of a center, DeMarcus Cousins, who totaled 22 points and 15 rebounds in the first half, when the Kings scored 42 in the second quarter to build a 10-point lead.
March 14, 2015 |
The home game against the Sacramento Kings on Friday night will offer a good test for rookie Nerlens Noel. The 76ers center will be paired up against DeMarcus Cousins. In addition to being an NBA all-star, the Kings center is one of the league's most intimidating players. "You are looking at the man that has [about] 60 pounds as an advantage," Sixers coach Brett Brown said of the matchup with the 221-pound Noel. "So you are dealing with an elite interior presence. "It's a fantastic presence for Nerlens, and he's going to need a lot of help with just team defense.
January 6, 2014 |
PORTLAND, Ore. - For Lavoy Allen, it was just a matter of being more aggressive. The 76ers reserve big man scored in double digits in each of the two games before Saturday's matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moga Center. The game ended too late for this edition. "The few minutes I do get in there, I try to do whatever I can," said Allen, who averaged 18.9 minutes per game through Friday. "I try not to conserve any energy, just go all-out and leave it all on the floor.
January 4, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Until Sunday, the 76ers couldn't find a way to win away from the Wells Fargo Center. Suddenly, they are unbeatable on the road. The Sixers posted their third straight road win by defeating Sacramento, 113-104, Thursday night at Sleep Train Arena. They are now 4-13 on the road. Power forward Thaddeus Young led the Sixers (11-21) with 28 points, seven rebounds, a career-high six steals, and four assists. Swingman Evan Turner added 24 points, while reserve point guard Tony Wroten finished with 21. Spencer Hawes had 10 points and seven rebounds before fouling out with 3 minutes, 15 seconds left.
April 20, 2013 |
Say this for Evan Turner, he's self-assured. So far, the 76er hasn't had the impact expected as the second overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft. Despite that, Turner said that he'll be a Sixer next season even though his name has come up before in trade rumors. "Not to be arrogant or cocky, but my name comes up, I believe, because of trade value in that situation," Turner said. "Regardless of whether I get heat for certain situations or certain bad nights and stuff, I still think I'm a valuable player in this league.
February 28, 2013 |
LeBRON JAMES had 40 points and a career-high 16 assists, Dwyane Wade scored 39 and the Miami Heat pushed their winning streak to 12 games by outlasting the visiting Sacramento Kings, 141-129, in double-overtime on Tuesday night. Ray Allen added 21, Chris Bosh finished with 15 and Chris Andersen had 10 for the Heat, who remained six games clear of second-place Indiana in the Eastern Conference standings. Miami's 12-game winning streak is the longest in the NBA and matches the second-longest in franchise history.
January 13, 2013 |
Following a 26-point, nine-rebound game in a 103-71 victory over Boston on March 7 last season, 76ers coach Doug Collins was clear about who Evan Turner is. "Evan needs the ball," Collins said. "He's a totally different player when he has the ball in his hands. " Turner agrees. Given the choice, Turner would always prefer to have the ball in his hands. But this possibility dissipated, probably forever in Philadelphia, when the Sixers awarded Jrue Holiday a four-year, $41 million contact.