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  1. Sixers Play First Actually Good Opponent in Weeks at Home Tonight

    Nov 24, 2012, 5:13 PM EDT

    The Philadelphia 76ers recently completed a six-game pre-Thanksgiving stretch which included five games at home and opponents including the Jazz, Raptors, Pistons and Cavaliers (twice). It would’ve been awesome if the Sixers had grabbed five or (lord forbid) all six of those, and would’ve been good if they had won four of ‘em, but instead,…

  2. Losing This Would Suuuuuuck: Sixers Play Kyrie-Less Cavs in Cleveland

    Nov 21, 2012, 6:52 PM EDT

    Free wins are a hard thing to come by on an NBA schedule. The Sixers probably thought they had one a week ago when they faced the 0-8 Pistons at home, but that team had been steadily improving and was long overdue for a breakout effort. No, rather, I’d be surprised if the Sixers had…

  3. Sixers vs. Raptors, With Only One Mention of the Increasingly Depressing Andrew Bynum (This One)

    Nov 20, 2012, 6:11 PM EDT

    The Sixers were so close to getting to play two of the East’s worst teams in consecutive nights when both teams would be missing their star point guards and arguable franchise players. Regrettably (for us, anyway), it now sounds like Kyle Lowry will be returning to action for the Toronto Raptors after missing a couple…

  4. Still Got a Season to Play: Sixers Host Cavs Amidst Bynum Weirdness

    Nov 18, 2012, 5:07 PM EDT

    Perhaps you’ve heard by now that as discouraging as the reports were about Andrew Bynum being held out of basketball activity until at least early December, the situation has already gotten way worse. On Friday it was reported that Bynum had suffered a setback in his recovery, and now his left knee now had a…

  5. Thus Endeth the Winning Streak: Sixers Come Up Short Against Bucks

    Nov 12, 2012, 10:15 PM EDT

    After playing six straight games where one team basically controlled the game the entire way, the Sixers finally caught themselves in a back-and-forth tonight against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks started the game on absolute fire—so much so that even our old friend Samuel Dalembert hit a fadeaway jumper from the wing that I swear…

  6. See You in 2013, Andrew Bynum

    Nov 12, 2012, 11:32 AM EDT

    This one was a long time coming, though it doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt: After an extended and increasingly worrisome period of radio silence, the Sixers have finally spoken on the subject of star center Andrew Bynum’s knee injury. Their updated timetable for Bynum’s return now has him resuming basketball activities on Dec. 10th, and…

  7. How the Sixers Swept a Three-Game Road Trip and Turned Their Young Season Around

    Nov 12, 2012, 11:07 AM EDT

    OK, so maybe it’s way too early to talk about any kind of season “turnaround” with the Philadelphia 76ers. But after the Sixers got smashed in a home-and-home by the Atlantic Division rival New York Knicks with a combined 36-point margin of loss, it did quash a good deal of the enthusiasm surrounding this team…

  8. Pretty Easy After All: Sixers Hold Hornets to Franchise Scoring Low in Grind-Out Win

    Nov 7, 2012, 10:52 PM EDT

    The tone could’ve been very negative here, considering that the Sixers only scored 77 points tonight after struggling mightily to put ball in basket in their first three games. But remarkably, the Sixers were the far superior of the two offenses on display at New Orleans Arena tonight, as they held the injury-ridden (even by…

  9. Is There Anybody Alive Out There? Sixers Play Hornets With a Combined Five Starters Missing

    Nov 7, 2012, 7:28 PM EDT

    You expect to get a couple games like the one the Philadelphia 76ers are gonna play tonight against the New Orleans Hornets, with a combined five projected pre-season starters out of the two teams’ respective lineups with injury—you just figure (or at least hope) that they’ll come a little later in the season, after we…

  10. Coulda Gone Better: Sixers Thumped By Knicks for Second Time in Two Games

    Nov 5, 2012, 10:14 PM EDT

    Well, home-court advantage didn’t make much of a difference in this one—probably partly because half the fans in attendance were NY boosters, with Philly fans evidently too enthralled with the prospect of watching Michael Vick throwing pick-sixes on TV to come out in force for the Atlantic division battle. Regardless, a couple extra Philly fans in the seats would likely have helped little, as the Sixers again proved out-manned and out-played by the New York Knicks, who moved to 3-0 with their dissection of the 76ers tonight.

  11. If At First You Don’t Succeed: Sixers-Knicks, Take Two at WFC

    Nov 5, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

    The bad news: The Sixers face off against the Knicks for the second time in as many days and games today, a team that’s 2-0 with a +36 scoring margin, +16 of which came against the Sixers themselves yesterday afternoon in New York. The good news: Tonight, the Sixers finally, at long last, welcome back their once-projected starting center, their big-ticket off-season acquisition, their man in the middle who has long been riding the pine with injury as the Sixers and their fans anxiously await his return.

    That’s right: Kwame Brown is starting at center for the Philadelphia 76ers tonight.

  12. No One Goes 82-0, Probably: Sixers Get First L of Season Against Knicks

    Nov 4, 2012, 2:57 PM EDT

    It feels like we were overdue for a game like this, despite the fact that we’ve only technically played one game so far this season. The New York Knicks simply outplayed the Philadelphia 76ers today, in virtually all phases of the game, largely because at this point in the season, they’re probably a considerably better team. More on that in a minute, but the end result for this afternoon was a 100-84 Knicks victory that was never really in question from the first quarter on.

  13. What’s Up New York: Sixers Kick Off Home-and-Home with Knicks at MSG

    Nov 4, 2012, 12:06 PM EDT

    The Sixers have gotten off easy at the start of the 2012-13 NBA season, with only one game in the first five days of the season. It gets real today, though, with the first of a home-and-home back-to-back with the New York Knicks, fellow 1-0 leaders of the Atlantic Division. Still no Bynum, natch, but with the Sixers on pace to go 82-0 in their first season of the post-Iguodala era, hey, what’s the rush?

  14. Holiday, Celebrate: Sixers Sign on for Four More Years With Jrue

    Nov 1, 2012, 10:05 AM EDT

    When last night’s game against the Nuggets came and went without news of a contract extension for the Sixers’ starting fourth-year point guard Jrue Holiday, with Oct. 31st being the deadline for ’09 draftee extensions, it looked all but sure that Jrue would head to restricted free agency next summer to seek the max contract he had reportedly been asking. However, it appears team and player put their heads together after the season-opening win and came to an agreement: A four-year, $41-million deal with another five million being rumored in “incentives,” whatever that means.

    Personally, I’m elated. First and perhaps foremost, just because they’ve settled the issue and it doesn’t have to hang over the team all season, with everyone (especially us) worrying about whether Jrue was playing himself into big money, or playing himself out of a contract.

  15. Weird But We’ll Take It: Sixers Win Ugly Season Opener Against Nuggets

    Oct 31, 2012, 10:31 PM EDT

    How many times are you gonna win a game when every non-frontcourt player you have shoots a combined 17-57? Well, the answer is at least “once,” as that’s exactly what the Philadelphia 76ers did tonight in their season opener hosting the Denver Nuggets. The Sixers shot a teamwide 35%, but forced 22 turnovers, blocked 11 shots, and held the much-hyped Nuggets to a resounding 37.5% from the field themselves, leading for the great majority of the game and fending off a fourth-quarter surge to ruin Andre Iguodala’s already-mixed homecoming at the WFC. No Big Macs, but Sixers fans will have to do with an 84-75 victory.

  16. Homesick Already? Andre Iguodala Returns to Philly in Sixers Opener vs. Nuggets

    Oct 31, 2012, 6:23 PM EDT

    Man, it feels like it’s been a hundred games since Andre Iguodala last set foot on the floor at the Wells Fargo Center, but in fact, it’s been 0 games—the ink probably isn’t even dry on Dre’s new lease agreement in Denver and already, he’s gotta come back to city where he balled for the last eight seasons to announce his presence with authority once more. Course, this time, he’ll be wearing yellow, white and light-blue rather than red, white and regular-blue—love those unis—as a member of the Denver Nuggets, in his first professional basketball game for a team besides the 76ers.

    Of course, this wasn’t supposed to be the headline for tonight’s game. The headline for tonight’s game was supposed to be the debut of our own big-ticket acquisition, and the guy we shipped Andre out of town to bring in, one Andrew Bynum.

  17. Old Faces in New Places: Your Guide to Former Sixers’ Current NBA Teams

    Oct 30, 2012, 3:57 PM EDT

    In years’ past, there’d be no real need for a column about where former Sixers are playing now, since the team was so focused on keeping its core intact that if the Sixers let one of their guys go, chances were pretty good he’d already have one foot out of the league. Not the case anymore, especially after this last off-season, and now a number of post-Iverson era Liberty Ballers have found themselves some new digs. With the NBA regular season kicking off tonight, hooray, here’s a brief refresher about where our old guys are at now.

    We start with Elton Brand below and run all the way through guys you probably forgot about, like Jason Smith.

  18. What Happens Next: Attempting to Preview the Most Important 76ers Season in Nearly a Decade

    Oct 29, 2012, 11:23 AM EDT

    We went into this off-season here at the 700 Level just wanting something different. It’d been a half-decade of basically the same movie with the 76ers—four years out of five where the Liberty Ballers squeaked into the playoffs with a record around .500, put up a good fight in the post-season but ultimately were exposed for their lack of talent, retooled with a couple low-leverage signings and trades and a mid-first-round draft pick, extended their core and ran the same reel again next year. If something didn’t change this year, coming off a post-season where the Sixers managed to go seven games in the semis but clearly hit their peak as a team, and a number of key players were at or near the end of their contracts, we might have spent the rest of the decade winning 42 games a year and losing in the first round.

    Well, something changed all right. A couple things, actually, and big things.

  19. What’s Evan Tweeting? Pre-Season Edition

    Oct 24, 2012, 7:40 PM EDT

    It’s a long NBA off-season, and while Andrew Bynum is busy bending his knee backwards to see how long he can go without wincing, the other Philadelphia 76ers only know one way of coping with the spare time and restlessness: Endless tweeting. Most notably, Evan Turner, Twitter team MVP for each of his two seasons as a Liberty Baller (with no threat to the throne coming anytime soon), takes to social media to share his thoughts on life, love, the pursuit of happiness and J. Cole song lyrics.

    While hopefully all of you are already following his timeline religiously, it’d be journalistically irresponsible for us to not keep you guys posted on what the Extraterrestrial’s been tweeting recently. So here’s what Evan’s been sharing on the Bluebird in the last few weeks:

  20. Sixers Wrap Pre-Season With Win Against Knicks: What Did We Learn?

    Oct 23, 2012, 9:01 AM EDT

    Thus endeth the pre-season for the Philadelphia 76ers, with a 98-91 win against the Knicks on neutral-ish territory in Syracuse. The Sixers dominated throughout the first two-and-a-half quarters, then almost let the Knicks erase a 20-plus-point deficit before sealing the deal in the fourth. Jason Richardson led the way with 23 points, seven rebounds and six assists, hitting two enormous threes late in the game to help fend off the surging ‘Bockers. Thaddeus Young also pitched in 22 on 10-12 shooting, and despite missing three starters in Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner and Andrew Bynum, the Sixers were able to end the pre-season with a win, finishing their exhibition schedule 6-1, with the one loss coming against Brooklyn in overtime.

  21. Sixers Vanquish Nets in First Ever Visit to Barclays, Move to 4-1 on Pre-Season

    Oct 19, 2012, 10:28 PM EDT

    The Sixers held off the Nets for their third straight pre-season victory, without Andrew Bynum or Evan Turner.

  22. Sixers Impress in Encouraging Though Largely Meaningless Preseason Win

    Oct 16, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT

    No Andrew Bynum, no problem—we got Lavoy Allen and Spencer Hawes manning the middle, we got all we need. Okay, even John Mitchell probably wouldn’t try to make that argument, but the Sixers put together an excellent pre-season performance against the Boston Celtics tonight (the first televised game of the pre-season) without their eventual starting center, with Allen and Hawes combining for 28 points on 11-16 shooting. The Sixers found separation in the third quarter and secured the win (and some free Big Macs, natch) by a comfortable 107-75 margin.

  23. Happening Elsewhere: Dammit, Raul

    Oct 11, 2012, 10:45 AM EDT

    Raul Ibanez’s 2011 NLDS Splits for the Phillies: .200/.200/.400
    Raul Ibanez’s 2012 ALDS Splits for the Yankess Through Three Games: .600/.666/1.500

    Remember last year when Raul Ibanez hit a fly ball to deep right in Game Five of the NLDS, and the TBS cameraman panned up and out like it was gonna be a second-decker or something, and instead it dropped innocuously into Lance Berkman’s glove a couple feet short of the track? That was frustrating—especially considering how, you know, the Phillies didn’t score at all that game and they ended up losing the game 1-0 and the series 3-2.

  24. 2012 MLB Playoff Bandwagon Rankings

    Oct 5, 2012, 1:22 PM EDT

    Yes, the MLB playoffs start today, and no, the Phillies aren’t involved. It was a close call to being a close call there for a minute, but ultimately, the Phillies fell out, and few could reasonably argue that they were one of the ten best MLB teams this year, anyway. So while we continued to keep an eye on the Phillies as they looked to the future (sort of) with the likes of Domonic Brown, Tyler Cloyd and Darin Ruf, some of us started scouting the teams that had an actual chance of playing beyond Game 162—four of whom start play today, in a pair of play-in games, with the other six that made it kicking off over the weekend.

  25. What’s Evan Tweeting? @themanET Edition

    Aug 20, 2012, 2:08 AM EDT

    It’s a long NBA off-season, and while Andrew Bynum is busy running up and down the Rocky steps like he’s always dreamed, the other Philadelphia 76ers only know one way of coping with the spare time and restlessness: Endless tweeting. Most notably, Evan Turner, Twitter team MVP for each of his two seasons as a Liberty Baller (with no threat to the throne coming anytime soon), takes to social media to share his thoughts on life, love, the pursuit of happiness and J. Cole song lyrics.