The Philadelphia 76ers lost to the New York Knicks 109-110 on a Carmelo Anthony game winner with 0.3 left on the clock. Just........ouch. A true heart breaker. Three Sixers had double doubles, including two 20/10 numbers.
The Philadelphia 76ers head to New York to face the Knicks. The Sixers last won in Madison Square Garden on January 22nd, 2014. It's been a while, but the Sixers did break an overall losing streak of five games to the Knicks when they won in January on that beautiful TJ McConnell jumper. Both of those wins mentioned happened on a Wednesday. The last time the Sixers faced the Knicks on a Saturday was November 22nd 2014, and that was a loss at home.
Anyway...not sure how this ended up a history lesson but we're here now. The Knicks are reeling and this is a good chance for the Sixers to strike. They just played last night against the Washington Wizards and played very well against a Wizards team that has been playing very well. If the Sixers are able to bring that same level of play, they should be fine.
The Knicks are playing their second game since the all star break. They lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-119. While the Sixers and Knicks have similar records (Sixers at 22-35 and Knicks 23-35) the Knicks have a ton of pressure to play winning basketball while the Sixers have more than doubled their previous win total. Same records; different outlooks or perspectives.
The Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Washington Wizards 120-112. It was a really solid win against a hot team. Everyone did well, including the safety cone the Sixers got in the Nerlens Noel trade. Just an overall great win.
Sixers and Wizards went back and forth. The game saw 7 lead changes and 10 ties. Then, the Sixers burst to a 61-49 halftime lead. They shot 52 percent from the field. Things were looking up for the Sixers. They really were. YAAAY!!!! Towards the second half of the second quarter, the Sixers began to take over.
Philadelphia 76ers president of basketball spoke to the media following Thursday's deadline, and the first topic he touched on was Ben Simmons. The first overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft will not play this season after his scan showed that his bone has not fully healed.
The Philadelphia 76ers traded Nerlens Noel for a safety cone and return from the All Star break to face the surging Washington Wizards. Yes, the Sixers gave away a player and look to beat the Wizards, who have won 4 straight while managing not to trade a valuable asset for nothing.
The Sixers traded Noel for a laptop from 2007. A laptop with Windows Vista.
The Wizards have won 18 of their last 23 games. Their most recent win came against the Indiana Pacers. They were led in scoring by Otto Porter Jr, who had 25 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Four of the five Wizards starters shot at least 50 percent from the field, while the least amount of attempts from the field was 10. So that means the Wizards' starters were taking and making shots. In fact, the Wizards' bench scored 14 of the 111 total points. So...uh, yeah, the starters carried the load from a scoring standpoint. Further research shows the Wizards' bench is 29th in the NBA in scoring.
The Wizards made a deal during the trade deadline that actually made sense in that it made the team better (either now, in the future, or both). They traded Marcus Thornton and Andrew Nicholson for Bojan Bogdanovic and Chris McCullough from the Brooklyn Nets. The two players from the Wizards didn't play in the game against the Pacers. Ah, I'm sure they weren't being held out for a potential trade, right? RIGHT? Right.
The Sixers lost to the Boston Celtics 108-116 and decided to trade a very good player for a slice of watermelon in a weird overreaction to the loss. Very odd. They also traded Ersan Ilyasova for a second round pick and Tiago Splitter, who likely won't play for the Sixers but second round pick! In all seriousness, it was an actual decent trade which is why trading Noel for a bag of dead AAA batteries was odd. Very odd. Ah well.
Since the Sixers and Wizards made trades, it remains to be seem how these news players will fit into lineups. However, it seems likely this is the lineup you will see.
PG TJ McConnell
SG Gerald Henderson
SF Robert Covington
PF Dario Saric (if he's not starting...hoo-boy)
C Jahlil Okafor (unless he's pulled at the last minute for a potential draft night trade)
PG John Wall
SG Bradley Beal,
SF Otto Porter Jr
PF Markieff Morris
C Marcin Gortat
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
When: 7PM ET
Why: Dario is still playing, so it's not so bad
Watch it: CSN Philly
Hear it: 97.5 The Fanatic
Game prediction: Adam Silver blocks a TJ McConnell game winner and Sixers Twitter wonders why he didn't block Noel trade. Or...or do they?
Shortly after the news leaked about Simmons' scan, Colangelo issued a statement, indicating that Ben's next scan would come on February 23. While we haven't found out the results officially, John Barchard of WIP reports the CT scan results are not favorable.
Hearing that Simmons CT scan didn't go as planned today and his season is very much in doubt #Sixers
The Philadelphia 76ers just dealt Nerlens Noel to Dallas, and their primary starting center is set to miss the teams' next four games. Joel Embiid was a full participant in practice, and the Sixers are encouraged with his progress, but the medical staff doesn't believe he's game ready quite yet.