Embiid returns to court following late injury, Sixers win third straight

By Sean Kennedy (@PhillyFastBreak)

Philadelphia 112, Los Angeles 98 – Box Score

Unlike their previous two victories, there was actually a period of time when the Sixers trailed the Clippers Saturday night. They fell behind for a whopping 3 minutes in the first quarter, before taking control for the rest of the way. The win makes three straight for the Sixers, who haven’t lost a game at the Wells Fargo Center since all the way back on December 21st against Toronto.

Unfortunately, the good vibes from the win evaporated with 7:33 remaining in the fourth quarter, when Joel Embiid slipped awkwardly on the floor and hobbled off to the locker room.


After the game, Embiid said the pain was from the impact with the floor, not from a twist or anything. Whatever happened, he was cleared by the medical staff to return and re-entered the game with 4:53 remaining and the Sixers up by 4. A Simmons steal and feed to Covington for a dunk, followed by a Redick three-pointer, quickly put Philadelphia back up by 9. Embiid contributed 3 free throws the rest of the game.

Now, hopefully, the medical staff made the right diagnosis, nothing serious actually happened, and Embiid will be perfectly fine going forward. But given everything we’ve seen from the staff in the past, why should we just be confident that will be the case? In fact, we saw a very similar situation just last season.

As you may recall, Embiid landed awkwardly in a game against Portland, after which the team sat him out a few games before having him return for a nationally televised game against Houston. The Houston game was the last one he would play during his rookie season. Embiid would sit out the rest of the year, having surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee along the way. We can never really know for sure, but it’s reasonable to conclude Embiid made that injury worse by playing on it.

With Embiid’s injury history in mind, I’d like to see a little more caution exercised by the team with a few minutes left in a January regular season game. If the team can’t hold onto a 4-point lead without him, so be it. I hope we’re not shaking our heads about yet another medical screw-up in the days or weeks to come.

The Embiid thing was really a shame, because he played such an outstanding game on the whole, finishing with 29 points, 16 rebounds, and 3 blocks. There is absolutely no chance for anyone to defend a 7-footer hitting a turnaround, fadeaway jumper like this one.

Ben Simmons continues to play like he’s pissed off for being left off the All-Star team, even four spots down on the replacement list. The rookie casually recorded 14 points, 10 assists, 2 steals, and a block, showing terrific energy on the defensive end and pulling off this Rondo-esque Houdini trick for one of his buckets.

Everyone’s favorite Pittsburgh native also showed up in a big way. T.J. McConnell scored 17 points off the bench on 6-7 shooting and a perfect 3-3 from behind the arc, while also chipping in with 8 assists. After all the handwringing about whether T.J. could play alongside Simmons because Ben needed to be surrounded by shooters, McConnell has now made 51.1% of his threes on the season. Both he and #TrustTheFriendship buddy Dario Saric have done a tremendous job improving in that area.

Sixers sign Marco Belinelli

Following the game, we had late-breaking news that the Sixers had signed guard Marco Belinelli to a veteran’s minimum deal. Belinelli had recently reached a buyout agreement with the Hawks, after Atlanta could not find a trade they liked at the deadline. Belinelli is a career 37.7% three-point shooter, making almost exactly that number this season at 37.2%. He brings little else to the table, but won’t be asked to in Philadelphia. Knock down open shots off Joel Embiid post-ups and Ben Simmons drive-and-kicks, and you’ll do just fine here, Marco.

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Sixers roast Pelicans to stay unbeaten on the home stand

By Sean Kennedy (@PhillyFastBreak)

Philadelphia 100, New Orleans 82 – Box Score

After months of searching, the Sixers at long last found what they were looking for: the lead too big to blow. Just like their previous game against Washington, the Sixers never trailed against New Orleans, opening up an 18-point lead after the first quarter. Joel Embiid shook off his sore ankle to dominate the game from the onset, recording 16 points and 6 rebounds in the opening stanza alone.

On the other end, Embiid anchored a terrific defensive effort by Philadelphia. The Sixers held the Pelicans to 14 points in the first quarter and just 11 in the third. The Eagles scored more points in two quarters of the Super Bowl than the Pelicans managed in the third quarter. New Orleans is clearly in a tailspin since DeMarcus Cousins was lost for the year with a torn achilles; they have now lost 5 of 6 games following the injury.

By the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, the Sixers led by as many as 35, vitally allowing Brett Brown to rest the starters for the entire fourth quarter with a back-to-back against the Clippers on Saturday night. Embiid finished with 24 points and 16 rebounds in just 24 minutes. As relayed by @SixersStats, he is one of just four players to record that many points and assists in less than 25 minutes, joining Kenneth Faried, Karl Malone, and Robert Parish. Embiid was also instrumental in rendering Anthony Davis a non-factor; the Brow shot just 6-19 from the field for 14 points. Plus, in a nod to the Winter Olympics kicking off, he and Robert Covington combined for a synchronized alley-oop.

Dario Saric matched Embiid for game-high honors with 24 points. Saric shot 8-11 from the field and 4-5 from behind the arc; he’s up to 38.4% from three on 5 attempts per game. Remember when whether his shooting would translate to the States was a legitimate question? The Homie Dario was in the rookie of the year conversation last season, but I think we’ll look back on this as his breakout campaign.

Meanwhile, Ben Simmons struggled to finish around the basket, going just 3-11 from the floor for 10 points, but stuffed the stat sheet elsewhere with 9 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals, and a block. Brett Brown had no interest in putting him back on the floor after his 25 minutes to chase a meaningless triple double.

The win and a loss from Detroit put a game of separation between the Sixers and 9th place in the Eastern Conference. They’re also just 2.5 games back of Washington for the fourth seed in what’s become a very bunched playoff bracket outside of Toronto and Boston. The Sixers have three more winnable games at home before the All-Star break (Clippers, also playing on a back-to-back, the Porzingis-less Knicks, and Miami when the Heat will have played another road game the night before). Things are looking good for the Sixers and there were more Super Bowl Champion Eagles in the house Friday night. We deserve this.

Sixers kick off key home stand with win over Wizards

By Sean Kennedy (@PhillyFastBreak)

Philadelphia 115, Washington 102 – Box Score

You might have already heard this somewhere, but the Philadelphia Eagles are Super Bowl Champions. Like everyone else around Philadelphia, the Sixers wanted to honor the city’s heroes of the gridiron. Tuesday night, the entire Eagles offensive line was on hand to ring the ceremonial Liberty Bell on the court prior to the game. There was more than the usual sprinkling of green in the Wells Fargo Center crowd, with the jubilant masses constantly breaking out in E-A-G-L-E-S chants, along with more creative numbers like modifying Minnesota’s “Skol” war chant to “Foles”.

With that level of electricity in the building, it’s not surprising that the Sixers jumped out of the gates like Corey Clement racing downfield on a wheel route. Philadelphia dropped 37 points on the Wizards in the first quarter (I was really hoping they would match the Eagles’ 41 points for symbolic purposes); the team shot 16-23 from the field, their best shooting opening frame of the season, at one point surging to a 16-0 run.

Leading by 17 after one, it was then simply a matter of not Sixers-ing the advantage away. Sure, as they often do, the unnecessary turnovers came in droves (17 total on the evening). First-time All-Star Bradley Beal also scored 30 points on 12-22 shooting to leave a kernel of doubt in the mind of Sixers fans throughout the contest. But the Sixers were never in real danger of blowing this lead, and the fans’ euphoric streak of winning continued apace.

The team was on fire from distance all game long, connecting on 14 of 28 shots from behind the arc, led by J.J. Redick’s 4-5 night for 18 points. Meanwhile, Joel Embiid played up to his All-Star starter status, going off for 27 points, making 3 of his 7 threes from the top of the key, grabbing 12 rebounds, and swatting away 3 Washington shots. Whenever the offense bogged down in the half court, the Sixers would find Embiid in an isolation situation and he would bail them out by nailing a jumper over a defender. It’s incredibly valuable to have a “break in case of emergency” option of someone who is bigger than anyone else on the court and can get his shot off whenever and wherever he wants.

Ben Simmons also snagged his share of the spotlight, tallying 15 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals, and a block. Per his usual MO, all of Simmons’ shot attempts came around the basket, but he makes it work by either finishing with a forceful dunk or using his ambidexterity to flip in some creative buckets. Simmons did have 5 turnovers, as did Robert Covington, so it wasn’t an entirely flawless night. Those edges need to be cleaned up on nights the Sixers aren’t shooting the lights out.

Though they were missing John Wall, a lot had been made about how the Wizards entered play a perfect 5-0 without their star point guard. The Sixers did well to ride the wave of enthusiasm the crowd brought to the table and start their five-game home stand heading into the All-Star break off on the right note. With the Pistons surging since the Blake Griffin trade, the Sixers need to string together some wins to keep pace in the playoff picture.

At the moment, everything is aces on the Philadelphia sports scene. The only negative on the night was the first media interview with Markelle Fultz in over a month; speaking with Caron Butler during the game, Fultz said, “it’s been a long journey just trying to relearn it [his shot].” Not exactly what you want to hear. The downfall of the first overall pick continues to be the biggest mystery in sports. When you’re a city of Super Bowl Champions though, nothing can get you down.

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Sixers play down to their competition in Brooklyn

By Sean Kennedy (@PhillyFastBreak)

Brooklyn 116, Philadelphia 108 – Box Score

Throughout the season, even in the midst of turnover-filled collapses and poor shooting nights, defense was always the bedrock the Sixers were able to build upon moving forward. After the San Antonio win last week, they had moved up to the 3rd-best defensive rating in the NBA. Wednesday night in Brooklyn, that foundation crumbled, and Philadelphia lost its three straight game to an opponent it should have handled with ease.

The Nets shot the ball better than they normally do (13-32, 40.6% from three), but it was lazy, undisciplined defense that doomed the Sixers. They made poor rotations and time and time again, fouled jump shooters, the cardinal sin on the defensive end. Brooklyn scored 30 or more points in each of the first two quarters and Philadelphia finished with a 123.0 defensive rating on the game, which would easily be worse than any team’s mark on the season.

Still, thanks to a strong offensive performance of their own, the Sixers were still very much in the game until the fourth quarter. But then, Brooklyn went on an 11-0 run to take control of the game. The surge was bookended by a Nik Stauskas three and and a Jahlil Okafor jump shot in the lane, which I’m sure made the Sixers castoffs very happy. In between, the Nets received 6 straight points from Spencer Dinwiddie, part of his team-high 27 on the night. Dinwiddie was the biggest beneficiary of Philadelphia’s foul-happy ways, going 13-15 at the foul line on the game.

Joel Embiid did everything he could to keep his team in the ball game late, scoring 10 of his game-high 29 points in the fourth quarter. The big man also corralled 14 rebounds on the game, while getting his points efficiently, shooting 12-14 at the foul line. The Nets were often forced to hack Embiid, because simply had no answer for him on the interior. Here was a typical possession where Embiid forced his way to the basket through sheer force of will.

Alongside Embiid, Ben Simmons did his best to show why he felt he deserved one of the All-Star replacement spots. Simmons tallied 24 points on 11-16 shooting, to go along with 7 assists, absolutely charging through the lane for some hellacious dunks. It might be in the Sixers’ best interest for the league to keep putting other All-Star alternates ahead of Simmons; I like him with a chip on his shoulder.

Finally, coming off their worst shooting performance of the season, the Sixers received a nice boost with the return of J.J. Redick to the starting lineup. He changed the dynamic on the perimeter in a hurry, knocking 3 of 4 threes on his way to 20 points. Redick had a team-best +10 plus/minus in his 26 minutes, as the Sixers received zero combined made threes from their bench players.

With the loss, Philadelphia drops back down to .500 on the season at 24-24. With Detroit trading for Blake Griffin and only 1.5 games back of the Sixers for the 8th seed, these are the type of games Philly could ill afford to give away. They’ll look to rediscover their defensive identity and get back on track Friday night at home, in a nationally televised game against the Heat.

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PFB 018 – Super Bowl LII Props

By Sean Kennedy (@PhillyFastBreak)

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It’s Super Bowl week and the Eagles and Patriots are meeting for a rematch of the big game 13 years ago. Philadelphia is looking for its first ever Super Bowl victory, but will have to go through a New England squad looking for its 6th title in the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era.

NFL handicapper Dan Urda and I break down the game and our favorite prop bets for the biggest gambling event of the year. We cover:

  • Who will (or will not) be joining Justin Timberlake during the halftime show.
  • Possible long-shot picks for MVP and first touchdown.
  • Optimism for the Philadelphia passing attack.
  • And much more…

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Sixers use faulty long-range scope while hunting Bucks

By Sean Kennedy (@PhillyFastBreak)

Milwaukee 107, Philadelphia 95 – Box Score

Despite their coaching upheaval and relative struggles this season, the Bucks still entered play Monday night with a 1-0 advantage in All-Star starters over Philadelphia. While Giannis Antetokounmpo was ready to take the court, Sixers fans were disappointed that despite earlier reports, Joel Embiid would not be playing in his first career back-to-back set of games. The team cited his “heavy loading” Sunday night against the Thunder, but remained hopeful Embiid might be able to play both sets of the back-to-back later this week.

Certainly, it’s a disappointment Embiid wasn’t out on the floor, but with league circles buzzing about heavy workload possibly contributing to DeMarcus Cousins’ achilles tear, you understand the caution on the team’s behalf. Unfortunately, there was still a game to be played, and the Sixers absolutely could have used their dominant force on the interior, because Philadelphia had absolutely nothing going from the perimeter.

In what’s often described as a make-or-miss league, Monday night was the ultimate example of a miss for the Sixers. The team somehow hung around in the first half, only trailing by a bucket at halftime, despite shooting a goose egg, 0-15, from behind the arc. James Young finally connected for the team’s first triple in the third quarter, but the Sixers finished the game just 2-26 total. Despite playing relatively well in other areas of the game, you’re simply not going to win in the modern NBA shooting that poorly. Get well soon, J.J. Redick.

As expected, Giannis Antetokounmpo was a force throughout the game, going off for 31 points, 18 rebounds, and 6 assists. Ben Simmons countered with 16 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists of his own, but in Embiid’s absence, Philadelphia ran a lot of its offense through Dario Saric. The Homie played well for the most part, recording a team-high 19 points and 9 rebounds, connecting on a handful of tough mid-range jump shots that were the best shots the team could concoct without Embiid’s gravity to draw defensive attention.

The only problem for Saric was that pesky three-point shooting. After being on fire throughout January, he regressed to the mean in a hurry Monday, missing all 8 of his attempts from downtown. He, Robert Covington, and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot combined to go 1-20, which is not at all the production you hope to receive from your starters.

One other bright spot on the night was that with Embiid sidelined, it meant significant playing time for Richaun Holmes. Holmes responded as he often does, by dunking everything in sight. The third-year big man finished 6-8 from the field for 13 points off the bench. All 6 of his made field goals were dunks, while the two misses were off target shots from three-point range (fitting nicely with the team-wide theme on the evening). Holmes also grabbed 6 boards in his 23 minutes, although only 3 of those came on the defensive end, which is an area he needs to improve in the eyes of the coaching staff.

The loss dropped the Sixers to one game over .500 and it’s easy to think the team backslid with the last two defeats. However, Philadelphia played better on the surface of things, actually taking good care of the basketball for a change. Losing on the road in a back-to-back situation to two playoff teams like Oklahoma City and Milwaukee (playing one of those games without Embiid), isn’t a death knell. Let’s see how they perform in what should be an easier outing Wednesday night in Brooklyn.

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Sixers sweep Spurs for first time in 14 years

By Sean Kennedy (@PhillyFastBreak)

Philadelphia 97, San Antonio 78 – Box Score

Is it too soon to say the student has become the teacher? After Friday night’s victory, Sixers head coach Brett Brown has to feel good about sweeping the season series against former mentor Gregg Popovich and the Spurs, the first time Philadelphia has swept San Antonio since 2004. Remarkably, it was also just the second time the Sixers have won in San Antonio since 1985.

To pull off the rare feat, the Sixers played nearly a flawless game. A team that’s practically made turning the ball over into an artform, this time Philadelphia went the first 18 minutes of the game without committing a turnover. They ended up giving it away just once in the first half, and kept things to a reasonable level after halftime, finishing the game with just 9 turnovers. It was the first time this season in single digits for the Sixers.

Not turning it over allowed the Sixers to get their defense set in the halftime, where the length of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and company definitely gave San Antonio problems. The Spurs couldn’t get anything going on the interior, and were ice cold from the perimeter, going 0-10 from three in the first half. In all, San Antonio missed their first 14 triples before finally connecting, finishing 3-24 from behind the arc on the game. The 31 first half points for the Spurs were the fewest allowed by the Sixers this season.

One guy who didn’t have trouble putting the ball in the basket was Ben Simmons. In his second outstanding game since being left off the All-Star team, Simmons shot a near-perfect 10-11 from the field for a game-high 21 points. The rookie knocked down one elbow jumper, but the rest of his damage was done at the rim, where he was able to get to on command. People may call for Simmons to diversify his offensive game, but if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Flanking Simmons, it was another ho-hum double-double for Joel Embiid, who finished with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Like the team as a whole, Embiid did a great job taking care of the basketball. He proudly tweeted out his 0 turnovers line after the game.

While the Sixers are very thin on the wings at the bottom, they have seen different players step up. Friday night, it was Justin Anderson’s turn. Anderson scored 12 points off the bench, shooting 5-7 from the field and draining both of his three-point attempts. The former Maverick is a dogged defender, and any time his shot is falling he’s a positive asset for the team. The only problem is good shooting nights like this one come less frequently than you would like.

2018 continues to be a stellar year for the Sixers, who have won 9 of their last 11 and sit just 1.5 games out of the 4 seed in the Eastern Conference. Imagine that, Philadelphia having home court advantage in a playoff series. I think even the last lingering doubters have come around on the Process.

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Career night for Tramaine Isabell carries Drexel over Elon

By Sean Kennedy (@PhillyFastBreak)

Drexel 83, Elon 79 – Box Score

Coming in losers of five straight games, Drexel desperately needed somebody to step up with a big performance. Still, I don’t think anyone in blue and gold would have reasonably expected to see arguably the best night in the last 30 years of Drexel basketball.

Leading scorer Tramaine Isabell has put together some big games this season, but nothing like the show he put on Thursday night. Isabell dropped 40 points, including 28 in the second half to rally the Dragons back from what had once been a double-digit Elon lead. Not only was it a season and career-high for Isabell, but he became the first Drexel player to score 40 points since Michael Anderson all the way back in 1988. Not overwhelmed by the moment, Isabell laughed and acknowledged he once had a bigger game back home in Seattle:

“My high is 56…I was in 7th grade. I think I took every shot though.”

Against a typically stout Elon defense determined to crowd the paint and force Drexel to beat them from the outside, Isabell did just that, knocking down a career-high 7 threes on 11 attempts. The impressive part of Isabell’s scoring barrage was that he generally let things come to him, working off open feeds from Kurk Lee and the rest of his Drexel teammates. Head coach Zach Spiker praised how well his team worked the ball around:

“We kept taking the right shots. We got good looks. I thought the quality of our looks and patience and poise paid out over the course of the game.”

Sometimes though, it was simply a matter of Isabell having the hot hand. A few of his long-range attempts were simply unguardable, as he pulled up from well beyond even NBA range.

He wasn’t just a one-trick pony though. Isabell recognized when the defense was overplaying his shot, and relentlessly drove into the lane to make some tough finishes around the basket.

After helping keep the Dragons within striking distance throughout the game, a personal 10-0 run from Isabell helped propel his team in front, 77-72, with just outside of one minute remaining. After a key jumper from Alihan Demir, Troy Harper and Sammy Mojica went 4-4 from the foul line in the final minute to maintain a two-possession advantage and close out the victory.

For the Dragons, hopefully a strong team performance (the Dragons committed just 6 turnovers) can be used as something to build on going forward in conference play. Undoubtedly, they’ll have to win some games in the future without getting a once-in-a-30-year-type performance from their leading scorer. Yet, it’s good to know that option is always available.

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Ben Simmons records monster triple-double in win over Chicago

By Sean Kennedy (@PhillyFastBreak)

Philadelphia 115, Chicago 101 – Box Score

Earlier this week, the NBA announced its All-Star reserve selections. Ben Simmons was not one of them, a fact that was slightly disappointing for Sixers fans, I’m sure, but felt like the right call. After a hot start to the season, Simmons had hit something of a rookie wall lately. Call it defenses figuring him out with more tape on him, simple regression to the mean, who can say, but the former LSU Tiger hadn’t even recorded a double-double since mid-December.

Wednesday night, however, Ben Simmons showed why there are unlikely to be many more seasons when he does miss the All-Star team. With T.J. McConnell missing the game due to the death of his father-in-law, and both J.J. Redick and Jerryd Bayless still injured, Brett Brown said before the game he was going to need to rely on Simmons even more than usual. The rookie seemed to take it to heart, coming out with arguably his most aggressive game of the season.

Simmons put his mark on the game right out of the gates with 8 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 assists in the first quarter alone. It didn’t hurt that his teammates were on fire from the perimeter. Dario Saric, Robert Covington, and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot all made four threes on the game, as the Sixers shot 50% from downtown as a team. Saric, who was a whopping +31 for the game against Chicago, is now shooting 37.7% on threes this season. He deserves all the credit in the world for improving his shot and making the somewhat awkward fit between he, Simmons, and Joel Embiid work.

With the Sixers having Australian heritage night in the arena, their prized Australian 6’10” point guard kept the pressure on the Bulls throughout the game. One minute into the second half, Simmons reached a triple-double; he would ultimately finish with a ridiculous stat line of 19 points, 17 rebounds, and 14 assists. Ben even did a decent job at the foul line, knocking down 7 of 10 attempts.

Philadelphia did a better job than usual taking care of the ball, only turning it over 14 times as a team. They led by as many as 25 points, and unlike far too many games this season, the huge advantage was never in danger of completely collapsing. It was refreshing to have a drama-free win for a change.

Before the game, it was announced Embiid, Simmons, and Saric were all selected to the World team of the Rising Stars game. As an All-Star starter, Embiid will likely not participate, but having three of the top young players in the league is representative of the incredibly bright future for the Sixers. Now back to two games over .500 and featuring a rookie point guard capable of nearly having a triple-double at halftime, though, it’s also fair for Sixers fans to do plenty of thinking about the present.

Sixers give away the game to the Grizzlies

By Sean Kennedy (@PhillyFastBreak)

Memphis 105, Philadelphia 101 – Box Score

Oh, how quickly we forget. The Sixers had won 7 of their past 8 games. Their only loss in 2018 came in London to the Celtics on a court where one of the baskets had a crooked rim. Blowing a huge lead to suffer a hugely disappointing loss? That was the 2017 Sixers’ problem. Even when the Bucks were able to briefly narrow the gap Saturday night, that was framed as youthful exuberance on Philadelphia’s part since they soon after blew Milwaukee’s doors off for an easy win.

Well, time is a flat circle and the turnover problems that have haunted the Sixers all season long came back to bite them Monday night in Memphis. The Sixers had an uninterrupted lead from the opening tip and led by 15 late in the third quarter. They were shooting the ball tremendously well, particularly Dario Saric (3-4 from three for game-high 22 points) and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (career-high 6 made threes on 8 attempts for 20 points). TLC stepping up the last two games has been huge for a Sixers team incredibly thin on the wings with both J.J. Redick and Jerryd Bayless sidelined.

With the Sixers completely in control, there was no reason to think a team consisting of Marc Gasol, Tyreke Evans, and a host of guys only Summer League diehards would recognize would mount much of a challenge. But that’s when the Sixers decided to hand the game away. Philadelphia committed a whopping 10 fourth quarter turnovers. Cross-court passes that sailed too high, unnecessary passes into traffic, you name the sloppy giveaway, the Sixers probably did it Monday night.

In the end, Philadelphia coughed the ball up 24 times as a team and Memphis won the points off turnover battle, 39-11. Add somebody named Myke Henry (yes, with a “Y”) on a two-way contract getting hot for the Grizzlies (12 points in 16 minutes) and there’s your ballgame.

Quick thoughts:

  • Weird to say for somebody who had 15 points and 14 rebounds, but it was an off night for Joel Embiid. Going up against one of the best defensive centers in the league in Gasol, Embiid shot just 5-13 from the floor. He also missed three consecutive free throws in the closing minutes that ended up being costly. Overall, Embiid just wasn’t displaying the same fire we usually see from him. I wonder if his swollen hand was bothering him at all. Let’s hope to see his usual world-destroying self Wednesday night against the Bulls.
  • Terrible, terrible play by Robert Covington in the final seconds. Ben Simmons managed to force a steal and the Sixers had the ball down just 2 with plenty of time left. Instead of taking time to get a good shot off, Covington shot a turn-around three while fading away on the sideline. It barely grazed the rim and fell into a Memphis player’s arms to seal the game. That lack of awareness was not great, Bob.
  • I hate these Richaun Holmes DNP-CDs.