March 24, 2015 |
LOS ANGELES - Ish Smith called his mother, Gwen, in North Carolina for encouragement and guidance before the 76ers played the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday night. The point guard will do it again right before Tuesday's game against the Sacramento Kings and Wednesday's matchup against the Denver Nuggets. For Smith, a pregame conversation with his mother is a routine that the journeyman has stuck with for his five-year career. "She gets on me," Smith said before the game at the Staples Center.
March 10, 2015 |
FOR THE umpteenth time since Brett Brown has been the head coach of the 76ers, an opposing team sat some of its regular contributors. This time it was Saturday night. A day after playing a big home game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer rested regulars Kyle Korver, Paul Millsap and DeMarre Carroll. Those three combine for more than 41 points a game, so it might have been a little anticlimactic to fans when the Sixers posted a 92-84 win to get their 14th win of the season in 63 games.
March 6, 2015 |
OKLAHOMA CITY - The game started as a shootout between 76ers guard Isaiah Canaan and Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook. But when Canaan hit his fifth consecutive three-pointer of the first quarter to give his team a 15-point lead, something appeared to trigger Westbrook. Following an OKC timeout, he took the ensuing inbounds pass, took about five strong dribbles with his left hand and deposited a viscous dunk that spurred a 20-2 run to end the quarter. That didn't deter the Sixers, however, as they put forth perhaps their best effort of the season, riding a career-best night from Canaan and some clutch shooting by Jason Richardson before falling last night, 123-118, in overtime.
March 6, 2015
THIS IS push time in the NBA – teams pushing for a better playoff seeding or making that push to become part of the 16-team tournament that begins in late April. Many teams, however, are facing that final shove without a full complement of weapons. This season, seemingly more than most others, has been riddled with injuries, especially to big-time players. Derrick Rose, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin, LeBron James, Jimmy Butler, and so on, and so on. So many big names missing so much time.
March 5, 2015 |
It's still too early to definitely tell what type of player 76ers center Nerlens Noel will become, but as he finishes the final quarter of his first NBA season, there is no denying the improvement he has shown. After missing last season while recovering from ACL surgery, there was a question about how the 6-foot-11, 228-pound rookie from Kentucky would hold up from the physical pounding in the NBA. Noel has missed just four games and appears to be getting stronger as the season wears on. He is certainly becoming self-assured on the court.
February 28, 2015 |
Florida State guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes had a night to remember even if his team lost, 81-77, Wednesday to Miami. The freshman scored 30 points in the final 4 minutes, 38 seconds, going 8 for 10 from the field, 6 for 8 from three-point range and 8 for 9 at the foul line in his flurry that almost erased an 18-point deficit. Christmas honor. Syracuse center Rakeem Christmas, an Academy of the New Church graduate, has been named as one of 14 finalists for the Oscar Robertson Trophy presented by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.
January 22, 2015 |
NEW YORK - Walt Frazier, the flamboyantly attired and loquacious broadcaster, Hall of Fame guard, and two-time NBA champion with the New York Knicks, could speak only in single-word sentences when describing this nightmarish season for the tenants of Madison Square Garden. "Depressing. Surreal. Appalling. Devastating," said Frazier, choosing his words carefully. Then, putting together some longer sentences, he added, "It's something we never thought would happen. We thought we would be a playoff team.
January 3, 2015 |
PHOENIX - Things could get out of hand, once again, for the 76ers during their grueling West Coast road trip. After losing to the Golden State Warriors by 40 points on Tuesday, they face a Phoenix Suns squad Friday night that has dominated them recently. The Suns (18-16) have won the last four meetings by an average of 14.2 points. In the teams' Nov. 21 game at the Wells Fargo Center, Phoenix rolled to a 122-96 victory that was more lopsided than the final score indicated. "The [matchup]
December 9, 2014 |
SUDDENLY, THE 76ers are one of the hottest teams in the NBA. OK, they are 2-18, but their two wins have come in their last three games. The Sixers won at Detroit on Saturday night, 108-101, in overtime at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Both of the Sixers' victories have come on the road, the first coming at Minnesota on Wednesday that snapped a 17-game losing streak to start the season. While the Pistons rested on Friday, the Sixers were losing at home to Oklahoma City and Kevin Durant, 103-91.