March 31, 2015 |
CLEVELAND - While being interviewed on the court immediately after the game against the 76ers, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving laughed and apologized to the fans, calling his team's performance "one of the ugliest we've played here. " He then went on to commend the Sixers for their hard play and coach Brett Brown for the continued good work that is being put in. There was no laughter in the Sixers' locker room following the 87-86 loss. Brown was upset that the referees didn't take a look at a replay toward the end of the game to check the time on the clock and Nerlens Noel, who had a chance to win the game on a 7-footer with 2.8 seconds to go, wasn't feeling real good about the tough effort his team had just put in. Despite limiting the Cavaliers (48-27)
March 28, 2015 |
The 76ers know the real tests are coming. They've won five of their last 10 games, but one of those wins came against an Atlanta Hawks squad that rested three starters. The other four victories were against opponents that had a combined winning percentage of .328 heading into Thursday's games. The Sixers (18-54) have made dramatic improvements since opening the season with 17 consecutive losses. But the coming games against the Los Angeles Clippers and Cleveland Cavaliers will be a true barometer of how far they've come.
January 8, 2015 |
FOR THE 76ERS to corral wins this season, many things must go right during a game. Rarely, if ever, can this limited team have an off night and be able to come away with a win. Sometimes, a win will be helped by the doings of the other team, and, on some nights, it will be mainly because of the effort of the Sixers. Monday's win was sprinkled with a little help from the opponent, as the Cleveland Cavaliers were without All-Stars LeBron James and Kyrie Irving because of injuries. They also recently lost starting center Anderson Varejao for the season with a torn Achilles' tendon, and just before tipoff, they traded three of their players, including local product Dion Waiters, who was among the team leaders in minutes played.
January 7, 2015 |
IF YOU HEAR a phrase such as "flip-and-follow" and you're relating to this season's 76ers, you normally wouldn't think of anything good. But last night, the "play" worked to perfection for most of the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, executed by the two point guards who haven't had the best results playing with each other for most of the season. And they saved their best execution for the final moments in the Sixers' first home win of the season. The Sixers had the ball with 18.9 seconds to play and trailed by one. The design was for a pick-and-roll for Michael Carter-Williams, who had already had very good success with that all night.
August 8, 2014 |
FOR THE SHORT time that Joel Embiid has graced the NBA with his comical, candid character, he's always had a bigger goal in mind: getting back to the hardwood. So it was no surprise that the big man spoke freely about his new team and his new town, especially when it came to the plan Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie has made a foundation in Philadelphia. Embiid has no choice but to wait as he heals from a foot injury that could sideline him for the upcoming season, but that hasn't stopped him from endorsing the Sixers' rebuilding plan.
August 6, 2014
ACCORDING TO ESPN's Brian Windhorst, the Sixers will be involved in the Kevin Love trade between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Cleveland Cavaliers. Windhorst, along with ESPN colleague Marc Stein, reported last week that a trade sending Love to the Cavaliers for Andrew Wiggins, 2013 No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett and a future first-round pick is widely regarded around the league as a "when" not "if" deal, with sources saying the Wolves and Cavaliers continue to discuss the prospect of bringing a third team such as the Sixers into the trade.
July 14, 2014 |
CLEARLY, you can indeed go home again, and if you are LeBron James, you dramatically change the entire power hierarchy of the National Basketball Association when you do it. The only thing close to the shakeup that James has caused by deciding to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers 4 years after he deserted them to take his talents to the Miami Heat was when Michael Jordan retired for the first time from the Chicago Bulls in 1993. "His Airness" put the basketball down for 1 1/2 seasons to pick up a baseball bat, but that did not kick off the domino effect that King James leaving South Beach has. In one heart-tug to return to his roots, James has reduced the Heat from a team that had gone to four consecutive NBA Finals and won two championships to one that very well soon could be preparing for the lottery.
January 8, 2014 |
With news of a legitimate winning streak, an impressive individual honor and yes, even a discussion about the playoffs, the 76ers returned home from a bountiful West Coast road trip with some real optimism. It took just one half of almost defenseless action to squash all those feel-good stories. The Sixers suffered a late second-quarter meltdown and never recovered during Monday's 126-95 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves before 10,736 at the Wells Fargo Center. Thus, the four-game winning streak built during the 4-1 West Coast trip is over.
December 13, 2013 |
MINNEAPOLIS - It had all the signs of a much-needed victory for the 76ers. They were shooting 77.2 percent in the first quarter. They had a commanding 19-point lead late in the second. And the Minnesota Timberwolves were struggling to even make a basket. Then Robbie Hummel took over. The Timberwolves rookie forward sparked a 13-3 fourth-quarter run to lift the Timberwolves to a 106-99 victory Wednesday night at the Target Center. Hummel scored five of his 10 points during the decisive run as Minnesota improved to 11-11.
October 29, 2013 |
Perhaps the toughest job in professional sports is being an NBA head coach. There are a only a few coaches who have job security. Others are fired in the blink of an eye. Of the 30 NBA coaches who began last season, 13 lost their jobs. The list of departed coaches included 2012-13 coach of the year George Karl, Lionel Hollins, and Byron Scott. This is a high-pressure job - and it can be argued that the 76ers' rookie coach, Brett Brown, has the toughest of them all. He'll lead a team that is expected to finish with the league's worst record.