Hawks Tonight

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The Sixers take on the Hawks tonight in Atlanta. Michael Carter-Williams will miss his second straight game. They’ll probably win, because why the hell not.

The lineups:
Sixers (5-4)
PG Tony Wroten, Jr.
SG James Anderson
SF Evan Turner
PF Thaddeus Young
C Spencer Hawes

Hawks (4-4)
PG Jeff Teague
SG Kyle Korver
SF DeMarre Carroll
PF Gustavo Ayon
C Al Horford

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Sixers Win in OT

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Tony Wroten, Jr. put up a triple-double for the Sixers tonight while starting for the first time this season in place of the injured Michael Carter-Williams. The Sixers’ sixth man dropped 18 on the Rockets to go along with 10 boards and 11 assists.

Equally as impressive tonight was James Anderson, who scored a career-high 36 against his former team. The Sixers held a lead going into the half, fell behind by as many as nine, and tied the game to send it to overtime, where Spencer Hawes scored the go-ahead basket with 34 seconds left.

The Sixers overcame a building-record nine three pointers made by Jeremy Lin, who started in place of James Harden (who doesn’t like to play D)

Dwight Howard added 23 and 15 for the Rockets who fell to 5-4 on the season. The Sixers are now a surprising 5-4 which puts them on pace to be the Bucks. Think about this, this team is fun to watch but can they really win in the future without a star? A real star, I know I made a supposition about Tony Parker and Michael Carter-Williams, but Tony Parker played with two real stars for his entire career. Who wins any other way? I don’t enjoy losing, but I also don’t want the team to add Carmelo Anthony in the off-season and hope he meshes with young players.

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Liberty Ballers posted a great rundown of last nights college action which highlighted picks 1, 2, and 3 in the 2014 NBA Draft: Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle and Jabari Parker. Good read. [Liberty Ballers]

Dwight Howard Brings His Dimension To Town

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The Houston Rockets are in town, and they are huge. They start three players over 6’9, including the NBA’s favorite funny man Dwight Howard. The Rockets are currently leading the league in rebounding, and Howard, happy to be free of bigger stars on his team is thriving so far this season. He’s annoying, and pretty one dimensional, but the Rockets are a better team than the Sixers. By the way, did anyone see Andrew Wiggins last night?

The Starters:
Rockets (5-3)
PG Patrick Beverley
SG James Harden Jeremy Lin
SF Chandler Parsons
PF Dwight Howard
C Omer Asik

Sixers (4-4)
PG Michael Carter-Williams Tony Wroten, Jr.
SG James Anderson
SF Evan Turner
PF Thaddeus Young
C Spencer Hawes

Spurs Top Sixers

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The Spurs absolutely dismantled the Sixers 109-85 tonight. They showed why they are what they are, while the Sixers got a lesson on what they really are.

Michael Carter-Williams is really good, but he isn’t Tony Parker. He could be though, didn’t Parker thrive under Brett Brown?

The Spurs play perfect basketball. They make every pass, they play tight defense. They utilize every player to his strengths, they take the life out of their opponents.

A game like this gives a lot of perspective. Do the Spurs represent the Sixers vision? If not, they should.

Its the Spurs! (minus Tim Duncan)

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Tonight, the San Antonio Spurs make their first and only appearance of the season at the Wells Fargo Center. The defending Western Conference Champions are 6-1 and looking to take down former assistant Brett Brown’s Sixers.

The Sixers are coming off a double overtime loss to the Cavs. Tonight’s marquee matchup involves Sixers rookie PG Michael Carter-Williams vs. the Spurs Tony Parker, who until his injury last season looked like the league MVP.

I really can’t envision a scenario that doesn’t involve the Spurs surgically dismantling this team tonight, but who knows. The Sixers weren’t supposed to beat the Heat, Wizards or Bulls.

The Lineups:

Spurs (6-1)
PG Tony Parker
SG Danny Green
SF Kawhi Leonard
PF Boris Diaw
C Tiago Splitter

Sixers (4-3)
PG Michael Carter-Williams
SG James Anderson
SF Evan Turner
PF Thaddeus Young
C Spencer Hawes

Update: Tim Duncan will not play tonight.

More Cavs

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The Sixers, who notched an impressive victory over the Cavs last night, head to Cleveland to try and sweep the home and home.

The starters:

The Sixers (4-2)
PG Michael Carter-Williams
SG James Anderson
SF Evan Turner
PF Thaddeus Young
C Spencer Hawes

The Cavs (2-4)
PG Kyrie Irving
SG Dion Waiters
SF Earl Clark
PF Tristan Thompson
C Anderson Varejao

Sixers Beat Cavs 94-79

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The Sixers stopped their skid at two after an impressive victory over the Cavs.

The Cavs were up by as many as fourteen in the second quarter, but the Sixers got a big boost from Tony Wroten Jr. The guard scored eighteen off the bench to help start a big push in the mid-second quarter.

Kyrie Irving’s struggles aided in the Cavs demise. The star point guard scored ten on just four of seventeen shooting.

Andrew Bynum received a warm welcome, as chants of “Bynum sucks” broke out through the game.

Anthony Bennett played just six minutes, and was held scoreless once again. He left the game with a shoulder injury, he probably sucks.

The two teams complete a home and home in Cleveland tomorrow night.

Tonight: The Cavs

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The Sixers are on a two game losing streak and there is seemingly no end in sight. Ok, maybe there is, who knows. Kyrie Irving and his Cavs come into town tonight, dragging Andrew Bynum with them.

It looks like Andrew Bynum, who was listed as a game time decision, will be playing tonight, so that should be fun. Also, the Cavs surprise first overall pick Anthony Bennett has scored one basket through five games. (One!)

The starters:

The Cavs (2-3)
PG Kyrie Irving
SG Dion Waiters
SF Earl Clark
PF Tristan Thompson
C Anderson Varejao

The Sixers (3-2)
PG Michael Carter-Williams
SG James Anderson
SF Evan Turner
PF Thaddeus Young
C Spencer Hawes

A Little Bit About Andrew Wiggins

So who is Andrew Wiggins? If you’ve been following basketball, you know that Andrew Wiggins is the savior, the cure to what ails all bad NBA teams with no direction, the next Lebron, “Maple Jordan”, etc. For two years, the basketball world has been gushing about the Canadian cum Kansas small forward who has yet to play one minute of college basketball. Deadspin posted a kind of “who’s who” about  Wiggins today, it explains everything. Watch the video and check out the link. [Deadspin]