March 18, 2015 |
BOSTON - It took less than a quarter against the Boston Celtics to realize that the 76ers would not snap out of their road struggles. With 1 minute, 50 seconds left in the quarter Monday night, the Sixers had scored 14 points but were already trailing by 19. The Celtics built their lead to as many as 27 points while cruising to a 108-89 victory at TD Garden. It was the 14th straight road loss for the Sixers (15-52). Meanwhile, the Celtics (30-36) extended two winning streaks.
March 17, 2015 |
BOSTON - Nerlens Noel has had lackluster homecomings. The 76ers rookie center hopes to change that Monday against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Noel's hometown of Everett, Mass., is less than four miles from the arena. Yet, his family and friends have witnessed some of the emerging rookie-of-the-year candidate's worst outings. Perhaps overly anxious to play in Boston, Noel rushed shots and was too revved up for his own good. He made 2 of 9 shots to finish with four points, six rebounds, four turnovers and a technical foul before fouling out in 27 minutes in a preseason opener won by Boston on Oct. 6. He later scored eight points on 1-for-5 shooting to go with seven rebounds and four turnovers in 27 minutes of a 107-96 regular-season loss on Feb. 6. Ineffective, the 6-foot-11, 221-pounder was taken out with 5 minutes, 50 seconds remaining and the Sixers (15-51)
February 8, 2015 |
BOSTON - The 76ers' momentum came to a halt Friday night. It wasn't just because the team was without point guard Michael Carter-Williams, who was sidelined with a sore right foot. The Sixers were unable to make stops with the game on the line. As a result, the Celtics prevailed, 107-96, at TD Garden. The Sixers (11-40) battled back from a 26-point deficit to pull within three points (83-80) with 7 minutes, 37 seconds remaining. However, the Celtics (19-30) responded with a 12-2 run to take a commanding 95-82 lead with 3:52 left and never looked back.
October 10, 2014 |
BOSTON - The puck slid out toward the blue line as smoothly as a new stick of deodorant. Steve Mason tracked it intently. The TD Garden ice was chewed up, a product of a warm October Opening Night, compounded by a frenzy of action in the Flyers' zone in the third period. Otherwise, the slate was clean for the Flyers, both on the season and the night. Minutes earlier, they had battled back to knot a seemingly lost game when a strange bounce off Jake Voracek's stick connected with Sean Couturier's shoulder.
October 8, 2014 |
BOSTON - Even before Simon Gagne first pulled on a Bruins jersey in training camp last month, the date of Oct. 8 was circled on his calendar. For Gagne, it would be the date he would have proved the doubters wrong and defied the odds. It would be his first NHL game in 529 days. That the Bruins open their season against the Flyers on that date - the franchise he is so inextricably tied to - was a bonus. Classy as ever, even Gagne had to feel a twinge of revenge. In his mind, the Flyers were the reason he was forced to sit out all of last season and contemplate retirement at age 33. They strung him along for the entire summer of 2013, leading him to believe he would be in a Flyers jersey when training camp opened last September.
August 20, 2014 |
THE SIXERS, once again, will be returning to their roots, according to their just-released preseason schedule. If part of the team's plan is to introduce rookies - and there might be as many as five first-year players on the opening-night roster - to the rigors of NBA travel, this schedule might do the trick. Over the 18 days on the docket, the Sixers will visit six cities - along with two home games at the Wells Fargo Center - and will travel as far west as Minneapolis. One of the stops will be Syracuse, where the franchise began as the Syracuse Nationals and won the 1955 NBA championship.
April 15, 2014 |
When Nerlens Noel was traded to the 76ers in last June's NBA draft, there was no way he could have envisioned what awaited him. The 6-foot-11 center couldn't have imagined that his career would be put on hold after he suffered a torn left anterior cruciate ligament in his lone season at Kentucky. He wouldn't get the chance to learn through his mistakes during games, as Michael Carter-Williams - the team's first-round pick - did this season. "One of the biggest qualities I learned about myself would definitely have to be patience and how much I could simply learn about this game while sitting on the bench," Noel said.
March 12, 2014 |
NEW YORK - Nerlens Noel caused a stir on Twitter Sunday, but the 76ers are downplaying the rookie center's remark. Coach Brett Brown said Monday that he did not ask Noel the meaning behind his post - "4-4-14" - a day earlier on Twitter. According to sources, Noel would like to make his Sixers debut in his hometown of Boston on April 4. The Sixers will play the Boston Celtics that night at TD Garden. Noel has not played this season after undergoing left knee surgery following his lone year at Kentucky.
January 31, 2014 |
BOSTON - Evan Turner came through in the clutch again. The 76ers swingman shook off Jerryd Bayless and made a seven-foot floating jump shot as time expired Wednesday night to give his team a 95-94 victory over the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Turner also had a buzzer-beater against the Brooklyn Nets on Dec. 20. This time, it enabled the Sixers (15-31) to snap a three-game losing streak in what was a Boston homecoming for coach Brett Brown and rookies Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel.
January 31, 2014 |
IT WAS A reflective week for 76ers coach Brett Brown as he returned to his roots for the first time as an NBA head coach. A high school superstar in South Portland, Maine, he earned a scholarship and played 4 years at Boston University. So when Brown's team traveled to TD Garden for a meeting with the Celtics, the coach was inundated with ticket requests and overwhelmed with memories. He went for a jog and found himself running along the Charles River past his college. He recalled all the times as a youth when his dad would take him to the old Boston Garden to watch the legends of the game, and he couldn't help but think of the time he first played there while at BU. The always-honest Brown talked freely about his fond memories gathered in the New England area.