Potential or Production: The Looming 76ers Draft Question

By Bill Gorman, Sports Talk Philly Staff Writer

Over the past two seasons, the Philadelphia 76ers have made it an organizational priority to add defensive specialists through the draft. Head coach Brett Brown highly values players who can play defense, and the organization has surely made strides in adding players over the last two offseasons, beginning in the 2018 NBA Draft, that fit his defensive philosophy. 

The team selected Villanova forward Mikal Bridges with the 10th pick of the 2018 NBA Draft. Bridges was thought to be a potential three-and-D player with lockdown potential and the ability to shoot 40% from beyond the arc, all while also possessing enough ball handling skill to run a team’s offense in short spurts. He had also played three years of college basketball, meaning he was seen as a ready-made NBA prospect.

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sec247pod 59: Joe Girardi Impresses, Eagles Win & ...

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#2Mikes are ready to run through a wall for Joe Girardi! They discuss the impressive first impression of the Phils new skipper plus breakdown the Eagles win in Buffalo & a look at Da Bears!

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  • Joe Girardi impresses
  • Eagles-Bills Recap
  • A look at Da Bears game
  • Lackluster NFL trade deadline
  • Results of the D-Jax poll
  • Boobies at the World Series
  • A potential return for EA Sports NCAA Football
  • Sixers are undefeated
  • Flyers are a mess

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76ers Stand Tall in Battle of Undefeated Teams, Defeat Atlanta Hawks 105-103

By Kevin McCormick, Sports Talk Philly Staff Writer

Monday night featured a battle between the only two undefeated teams in the Eastern Conference, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Atlanta Hawks. The 76ers traveled to Atlanta and came out on top in a gritty contest, 105-103, to move to 3-0 on the season. 

It was all Atlanta to start off the game as the home team came out on fire from three-point range. The Hawks would put go on to outscore the Sixers 40-31 in the first quarter. However, the Hawks' offense would cool off and the Sixers jumped on the opportunity to get back in the game. They were down 65-63 heading into halftime.

The second half went back and forth, with Philadelphia pulling out the victory in the final minute of the game. Here are our observations from the Sixers' victory in Atlanta.

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The Eagles Are Alive & The Sixers Are Back

By Victor Williams, Sports Talk Philly Contributor

Carson Wentz & the running game avoided disaster on Sunday with a much needed win in Buffalo. Al Horford & the new look Sixers are a force defensively. Tune in as Victor Williams & Ryan Rothstein give their initial reactions to the Eagles reviving their season & what to make of the Sixers so far.


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Horford, Harris Lead the Way Without Embiid as 76ers Defeat Pistons 117-111

By Matt Gregan, Sports Talk Philly Editor

It was not pretty, but the Philadelphia 76ers got it done on Saturday night. Playing without superstar big man Joel Embiid, the 76ers battled and defeated the Detroit Pistons 117-111. Philadelphia is off to a 2-0 start to the season for the first time since the 2013-14 season. 

After a sloppy first half, Philadelphia headed into halftime down 57-54 and with some things they needed to change. The Pistons came out of the half and went on a 13-3 run, building up a 10-point lead. However, Tobias Harris caught fire for 16 points in the third quarter to give the Sixers a slim lead going into the fourth quarter. 

In the fourth quarter, Ben Simmons and Al Horford dominated to the tune of a 34-28 advantage in the final quarter. Horford scored 15 of his 23 points in the final quarter of play, including hitting a key three-pointer in the game's final minutes. 

Here are some observations from the team's hard-fought victory.

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76ers Use Physical, Aggressive Mentality to Defeat Boston Celtics, 107-93, in Opener

By Matt Gregan, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Philadelphia 76ers began their season with a 107-93 win over the rival Boston Celtics at the Wells Fargo Center. It took only one game to see the Sixers play a smash mouth, bully ball style. 

Despite struggling from 3-point range, Philadelphia was able to fight through using physical defense and a balanced scoring effort that saw all the starters finish in double figures. 

The game was close through the first half, with the 76ers using a 7-2 run at the end of the half to take a 49-48 lead heading into halftime. However, the Sixers blew it open with a 13-2 run early in the third quarter and never looked back. 

Here are observations from the win.

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Sec247Pod 58: Debacle in Dallas & Sixers Roundtable

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 are joined by two guests, Kevin McCormick & Ryan Rothstein, to breakdown the Eagles spectacular loss in Dallas and dive into the 2019-2020 Philadelphia 76ers. There's also a bit of Phillies managerial talk thrown in there.

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  • Lipinski & Watkins talk Flyers fans off the ledge
  • Kevin & Ryan join the #2Mikes to discuss the new Phillies manager
  • It's going to be Joe Girardi unless its not
  • What went wrong for the Eagles in Dallas
  • Sixers Roundtable
  • Big year for Ben
  • Shutdown defense
  • Who needs to step up
  • Predictions

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Four Things to Watch Early in the 76ers Season

By Scott Cashin, Sports Talk Philly Staff Writer

With the dust settled on the offseason and the Philadelphia 76ers preseason complete, there are four intriguing story lines to watch early in the season that will dictate how deep the team advances into June.

1. The pairing of Al Horford in the front court next to Joel Embiid

Joel Embiid spent the offseason dropping his playing weight and improving his handle. With a sharpened focus of landing home court advantage for the playoffs, he is poised to explode on both ends of the floor this season. When general manager Elton Brand secured the services of Al Horford this offseason, he added someone who can help Embiid grow both on and off the court. The addition of Horford's versatile offensive game should free up Embiid to camp in the paint more on offense, where very few in the league are equipped to handle his growing repertoire. When fed the ball in the post in prior seasons, Embiid would be on the receiving end of a quick double team that often resulted in a turnover. An offseason spent improving his handle will help decrease these turnovers.

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Major Takeaways from the 76ers' Preseason

By Matt Gregan, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Philadelphia 76ers had an exciting preseason filled with surprises, blowouts and one game where the team fell flat. You might be thinking it's just the preseason and none of the stats, trends and performances matter. The regular season is just days away, but that does not mean that we learned nothing from the preseason.

Throughout the preseason, we were able to learn some things about a couple of the team's young players as well as seeing some potential concerns surrounding the team come into fruition.

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76ers Fall Flat to End Preseason, Lose to Wizards 112-93

By Kevin McCormick, Sports Talk Philly Staff Writer

76ers fans all across the nation had their hopes and dreams of an undefeated preseason dashed on Friday night when they lost their preseason finale, 112-93, to the Washington Wizards at the Wells Fargo Center. 

The Philadelphia 76ers found themselves without the services of All-Star point guard Ben Simmons (lower back tightness) for the second straight game. The team exercised caution with Simmons, who, as multiple reports indicated, would have been on the court if it were a regular season game. Philadelphia went through multiple cold spells and committed 21 turnovers, both of which could have been avoided if Simmons were on the court. 

Philadelphia had a good preseason overall, finishing with a 4-1 record. Now the focus shifts to the regular season, where they look to be one of the teams in the mix to contend for a NBA championship this season. 

76ers' lack of outside shooting comes back to haunt them

The 3-point shot told the story in the loss to the Wizards. Washington was able to use good outside shooting to open up a sizable lead through the second and third quarters. Due mainly to their hot shooting, Washington outscored the Sixers 67-35 through both the second and third quarters. The Wizards shot 16-of-37 (43.2%) from beyond the arc, led by Jordan McRae's 17 points and perfect 3-point shooting. Meanwhile, the 76ers continued their preseason-long trend of poor shooting from beyond the arc. Philadelphia shot a lackluster 25.9% from 3-point range against Washington. Lack of outside shooting was looked at as a potential weakness of this team, and it was in full effect tonight. 

76ers can find success this season using a bully ball mentality

One of the lone bright spots for the 76ers on Friday night was their ability to put their size advantage to good use. From the opening tip to the final whistle, Philadelphia would control the boards on both ends of the court. Offensive rebounding was a focal point for the Sixers tonight, leading to 14 offensive rebounds. Attacking the offensive glass and creating extra possessions is something the 76ers will attempt to capitalize on every night. 

The 76ers' size advantage (their smallest starter is the 6-foot-5 Josh Richardson) is something they will have to take advantage of throughout this season, especially if they are not shooting a high percentage from 3-point range. 

Shake Milton leaves the door open for earning a spot in the 76ers' rotation

Shake Milton was one of only three players who scored in double figures against Washington. He finished with 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting in 22 minutes off the bench. At the beginning of the preseason, it did not look like there was a spot in the rotation for Milton. However, he has showcased his scoring abilities and as a result has potentially earned himself a role to start the season. 

Joel Embiid's efficient shooting 

Joel Embiid played only 23 minutes in the preseason finale, but he was very efficient on the offensive end en route to having one of his best games of this preseason. He finished with 17 points on an efficient 6-of-8 shooting from the field. 

Important stats and extra things 

    • Tobias Harris closed out the preseason with another solid performance, finishing with 13 points and nine rebounds.
    • Furkan Korkmaz failed to take advantage of the golden opportunity which was presented to him against Washington. With Simmons not playing, a spot in the starting lineup opened up and head coach Brett Brown chose to insert Korkmaz in at shooting guard. In 21 minutes, Korkmaz totaled only five points on 2-of-9 shooting from the field and 1-of-3 shooting from 3-point range. 
    • Matisse Thybulle continued to play active defense, picking up a steal and a block in his 18 minutes on the court.
    • According to the Inquirer's Keith Pompey, the 76ers have informed Isaiah Miles, Christ Koumadje and Haywood Highsmith that they will be waived. 

Up next

The 76ers will be back in action when they kick off their regular season with a nationally-televised matchup against the rival Boston Celtics on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center.