Lowery three’s key to victory
Kyle Lowery fired up six three point shots and made all six en route to his Toronto Raptors defeating the Philadelphia 76ers 122-95 last night.
“Catch ’em and shoot ’em. We have a team where no-one cares who’s the man,” Lowery said. “On any given night, you can go off for 30 and we’ll all be supportive and happy for you.”
For the Sixers, it was their 4th straight loss but Head Coach Brett Brown had high praise for the Raptors.
“They’ve grown this thing in a way we respect, we want to try and learn as much as we can in how they’ve done it,” Brown said. “The pieces are solid. It’s way beyond just DeMar. You saw what Kyle did from the perimeter. This is a team that’s built for the playoffs, they’ve been battle-tested, they’ve played together. There hasn’t been erratic player movement, they’ve retained a core.”
The Sixers have little time to regroup as they prepare for a home game against the Orlando Magic tomorrow evening at the Wells Fargo Center. Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab your tickets and get out to see your Philadelphia 76ers!
This has not been an easy season for the Philadelphia 76ers. They began the season with an 12-game losing streak and again find themselves in the midst of turmoil as they succumbed to the Charlotte Hornets with a 119-99 pounding at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers were still without starter Jahlil Okafor who was sidelined with a bruised shin. There is still no timetable for his return and with missing the playoffs a foregone conclusion, there is no need to rush him back.
“It’s still something that we are concerned with,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said before the game. “Concerned to the point to not putting him in a position for it continue to be sore. So we are going to be smart with it and just rest him.”
The Sixers will host Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heat Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center. Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to get yours today!
The Phoenix Suns picked up just their 14th victory of the season with a 98-95 win over the Atlanta Hawks Saturday night and in the process snapped a six-game losing streak. A win tonight would be their first winning streak in over two months.
The Sixers have been led thus far by Jahlil Okafor’s 17.4 ppg and are pleased with the progress that the young star to be has made. The Sixers Brett Brown is especially pleased with Oakfor’s mid range jumper which the young rookie has been implementing as of late.
“I get upset when he doesn’t (take a shot). When he picks and pops, and has daylight separation, I want him shooting,” Brown said. ” I get most concerned when he just picks and stands. Whether he’s rolling to dunk, or rolling for a little 17 [foot] little pocket pass type shot, as long picking and moving, then good things can happen, and I think bad things happen when we’re indecisive.”
The Suns/Sixers game tips at 6pm. Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to get yours today and help cheer on your Philadelphia 76ers!
After three seasons of “rebuilding” the Philadelphia 76er’s are no closer to having a title contending team then when they started the process, but, the fan base has gotten behind the team and the process. Will they keep doing so if the Sixers fall again this season?
The team is expected to suit up only nine players in the season opener against the Celtics tomorrow night and Brett Brown is promising that his squad “will be ratty offensively.” Injuries to the squad include most recently Robert Covington, Tony Wroten, Kendall Marshall, Carl Landry and Nik Stauskas.
The Sixers home season opener is this Friday against the Utah Jazz. Plenty of affordable tickets and great seat are still available so get out and help support your Philadelphia 76er’s~
Philadelphia 76er’s Head Coach Brett Brown placed a call to Jahil Okafor’s former college coach, Mike Krzyzewski to get a little more insight into the young center whom he selected with the third pick of the draft.
“I had a fantastic conversation with Coach K and when we hung up, I knew Jahlil had great potential and is a terrific, young prospect, but I hadn’t realized what type of person we had, as well,” Brown said. “The more I learn about Jahlil, the more you respect his upbringing value and love of the game. I was in the office at 6:30 the other morning, and he’s in the gym working with a trainer. You then go upstairs and get ready for a day’s work and you feel great. I’m really excited to coach him, and the program is going to realize very quickly how special he is,” Brown told Bob Cooney of the Daily News.
Do not expect the Sixers to make any splashy moves in free agency as the franchise is committed to Brown and his long-term plan to turn the team around. When signing on with the franchise, Brown made it clear that he was going to take three seasons of tinkering with the roster before making a splash move in the year Kevin Durant becomes a free agent.
“I think we’ll be out there and we’ll have discussions, but we’ll be discerning, too. We’ll have to be reasonable about it and about the kinds of players we want to go after,” GM Sam Hinkie said. “We want players who would fit with our group over a long period of time. If we were to make some big investment in any free agent, it needs to be someone who might fit. And you might guess, like if we come to the conclusion that that’s a player that can really help us, other teams might too. Other teams might too, right?”
This has not been a season to remember for the Philadelphia 76ers, who have been circling the Eastern Conference drain for most of the year. But last nights game against league leader Atlanta Hawks. If the Hawks expected the Sixers to play soft, they found out that this group of young players can play.
“We’re a team that’s not going to lay down,” guard Nerlens Noel said. “We’re going to come in and give it our all. We’re a team that’s going to play with high energy and just play hard.”
Things don’t get much easier as the Chicago Bulls come calling tomorrow. Be sure to get y our tickets now and help cheer on your Sixers!
The Philadelphia 76ers have long been eying seven foot Kansas center Joel Imbiid for some time and with their 3rd pick in the upcoming draft next Thursday, they still expect to pull the trigger on Imbiid even though the center will under go surgery to repair a stress factor in his right foot.
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Dallas Forward Monta Ellis scored 13 third quarter points en route to 24 total points in a 94-97 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. The Sixers had opportunities and were down by six with thirty seconds remaining when the Mavericks turned it over, one of 20 in the game. Philadelphia was unable to capitalize and the game ended with a Shawn Marion dunk at the buzzer.
”I thought we battled and showed a lot of heart to come back from arguably our worst performance in New Orleans, and we lost to a good team,” Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said.
Philadelphia faces the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday. Great seats and tickets are still available.
Even Allen Iverson took some time out and showed up to support the Philadelphia 76er’s in their quest to advance into the Eastern Conference Finals. The Sixers took the home crowd for a ride as the Celtics fell 82-75 in game six. Led by Sixer veterans Elton Brand and Andre Iguodala, (both of whom may very well not be back in Red, White and Blue next season).
Brand, with his wobbly knees and all, scored 13 points and added 10 boards while Andre Igudala, wobbly ankle and all, managed 12 points, six rebounds, two assists and a steal while Guard Jrue Holiday dropped 20 points with six assists while remaining perfect from the line going 6-6.
Head Coach Doug Collins knew that the Celtics were still dangerous and wanted to keep the peddle to the metal.
“We just wanted to keep in the attack mode. I didn’t want to start shooting jump shots against that team,” Sixers coach Doug Collins.
Philadelphia returns to the TD Garden for Game 7 Saturday May 26th.
“We like playing against Boston. We think we match up well against them.” PG Jrue Holiday
The Philadelphia 76er’s used thier final nine possessions to score 17 points leaving the Celtics scrambling to come back as they did in game one, but the Sixers held them at bay for the one point 82-81 victory.
“Our young guys keep growing,” Philly coach Doug Collins said post game, “and they’re really becoming men.”
For Celtics head man Doc Rivers, the fact that the team took three quarters off (with the exception of the first 9 points in the game scored by the Celtics) for the game plan to actually materialize on the floor left him disappointed.
“I don’t like the fact that we took, to me, almost three quarters to play the right way, offensively,’’ Celtics coach Doc Rivers said postgame. “Listen, we knew the blueprint before the game. It took us three quarters to get into it.’’
The Celtics had a chance to win the game as they went on to score 32 points in the 4th but down by one point with 1:44 left, they allowed Holiday to dribble the ball until Ray Allen finally fouled him with 14.4 seconds remaining.
“My thinking was it’d be a four-second differential,’’ Rivers said. “There’s no guarantee you’re going to get the rebound – by the time you got the rebound it’s probably three seconds. And then they have a foul to give, so they foul and now you’re down to two seconds. That’s a tough way to score. So, you know, I was hoping we could foul – I wanted to foul two seconds earlier than that, but we didn’t.’’
Be sure to catch Game Three Wednesday at 7 p.m. Eastern time.