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  1. Sixers locked into lottery #2 seed, what it means and where it gets us

    Apr 15, 2014, 2:35 PM EDT

    Bradley Beal, Kevin Love, Damian Lillard

    It’s been all but a done deal for the last week or so, but with the Milwaukee Bucks’ loss in Toronto last night and our own Philadelphia 76ers’ win at home closer against the Celtics–a bookend of Ws in an otherwise L-heavy season of play at the Wells Fargo Center–it’s official: The #2 seed in…

  2. Nope on Noel for Sixers’ “4-4-14″ game in Boston

    Apr 4, 2014, 5:22 PM EDT

    Nerlens Noel

    Well, we hoped that Nerlens Noel’s cryptic “4-4-14″ tweet some weeks ago was our prospect big man’s attempt to tell us something that not even his coach apparently yet knew: That he would be making his long-awaited return from injury for the Sixers’ April 4th game–incidentally, in Boston, where Noel grew up as a Celtics…

  3. The Dog Days Are Over: Sixers thump Pistons, losing streak and bad times done forever

    Mar 29, 2014, 10:48 PM EDT

    Hip Hop

    It’s over. 26 games and exactly two months since the 76ers last experienced the joy of finishing a basketball game with more points than the dudes wearing the other unis, the Sixers are once again winners, triumphing over the Detroit Pistons tonight in front of a very appreciative Wells Fargo Center. The losing streak is…

  4. Cost of Doing Business: An unprecedented Sixers season merits unprecedented consequences

    Mar 27, 2014, 3:04 PM EDT

    mullens

    The Sixers go for number 26 tonight. It’s been almost exactly two months since Evan Turner hit that tough runner in Boston to beat the Celtics, 95-94. Since then, the Sixers have played 25 games and have lost each and every one of them. None of the games have gone to overtime. Until that wacky…

  5. The Unstoppable Force Meets, Like, the Most Movable Object Ever: A state of the union before Sixers-Spurs

    Mar 24, 2014, 3:04 PM EDT

    mcw

    37 games. That’s the disparity in win streaks between the Philadelphia 76ers, who have dropped 24 straight, and the San Antonio Spurs, who have rolled through their last 13 games, at the moment. It’s a difference in current franchise realities that should be rather prominently on display when the two teams face off tonight in…

  6. A transcript of Evan Turner’s drive to the airport with Sam Hinkie

    Mar 17, 2014, 4:32 PM EDT

    sam-hinkie-USA

    Reports this weekend from Evan Turner’s return trip to Philly with the Indiana Pacers revealed that Turner had driven to the airport with Sixers GM Sam Hinkie, the man who had just traded Evan from the only NBA franchise he’d ever played for. Thanks to bugging equipment the 700 Level had long ago installed in…

  7. Will the Sixers win another game this season?

    Mar 3, 2014, 4:17 PM EDT

    NBA: Milwaukee Bucks at Philadelphia 76ers

    The Sixers looked like they might actually pull out a W–their first in their last 14 tries–last night as visitors in Orlando, going into halftime with a three-point lead and generally looking like decent competition for an Orlando squad down two starters in Jameer Nelson and Arron Afflalo. But Michael Carter-Williams went cold, the bench…

  8. Sixers blown out by NBA’s worst, but Thaddeus Young is a beautiful human being

    Feb 24, 2014, 10:03 PM EDT

    NBA: Milwaukee Bucks at Philadelphia 76ers

    11 straight losses, ten straight at home, and this was by far the worst of them. A 43-point second-quarter for the Milwaukee Bucks–yes, those Milwaukee Bucks, proud owners of a now-11-45 record, the lone bastards remaining that the Phiadelphia 76ers haven’t been able to outtank–had Malik Rose crying in his coffee, and made it an…

  9. The 2013-14 76ers: So what’s left, exactly?

    Feb 21, 2014, 1:03 PM EDT

    nerlens.noel

    There are 27 games remaining in the Philadelphia 76ers’ 2013-14 season, and by all estimations, it should be a long 27. Coming off a nine-game losing streak, the Sixers seem pretty unlikely to turn that around anytime soon, now missing two starters in Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes and a third rotation guy in Lavoy…

  10. Evan Turner trade to Indiana caps intriguing, frustrating day for Sixers at deadline

    Feb 20, 2014, 5:36 PM EDT

    Danny Granger, Evan Turner

    Well, that was unexpected. With the clock showing 0:00 at the trade deadline, the Sixers scored a game-changer in bonus time, sending Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen to the Pacers in exchange for Danny Granger and a future second-round pick. With the NBA world leveled by the Woj Bomb–don’t you ever doubt that man Adrian–we were…

  11. Bye Bye Spencer: Hawes gone to Cleveland for two second-rounders and frontcourt scraps

    Feb 20, 2014, 11:44 AM EDT

    NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder at Philadelphia 76ers

    Well, the first domino has fallen in our First Annual Sam Hinkie Day, better known as the 2014 trade deadline, and it’s a tall and righty-leaning one. Spencer Hawes, starting center for the Philadelphia 76ers since he was traded here by Sacramento for Samuel Dalembert four summers ago, has been jettisoned to the Cleveland Cavaliers. In…

  12. If This Is It: Sixers blown out by Cleveland in possible last game with current core

    Feb 18, 2014, 10:03 PM EDT

    NBA: Boston Celtics at Philadelphia 76ers

    Well, it’s unlikely one game is gonna make that much of a difference, but Sam Hinkie is gonna find his job at this trade deadline that much tougher tonight after his Philadelphia 76ers got wrecked by a suddenly resurgent Cleveland Cavaliers squad, dropping this one by the final score of 114-85. It was a night…

  13. Grantland: Sixers are ‘tanking artists’, last two losses their ‘masterpiece’

    Feb 11, 2014, 2:56 PM EDT

    sixers-tank-logo

    Since winning four straight on the road against the Western Conference to ring in the New Year, the Philadelphia 76ers have a 3-17 record and are currently embroiled in a seven-game losing streak. That puts them at 15-38 for the season, the second-worst mark in the NBA. It’s glorious. Nobody was under any illusions about…

  14. The blowout-prone ’13-’14 Sixers: In good historical company

    Feb 11, 2014, 10:35 AM EDT

    orlando

    If points lost by were musical notes, the Philadelphia 76ers would have composed Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band over their last two outings. One night and a couple hundred miles north after getting blown out 123-78 by the Clippers in LA, the Sixers paid a similar favor to their friends (including one particularly familiar…

  15. So that happened: Sixers lose to Clippers by 45, make case for NBA relegation

    Feb 10, 2014, 8:59 AM EDT

    NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Los Angeles Clippers

    It’s not often as a basketball writer you get the privilege of saying that not only did your team just lose by 45, but it wasn’t nearly as close as the 123-78 final score made it seem. There’s probably been a basketball game before where a team trailed by the score of 89-33–maybe even a…

  16. If every game was decided by five points or less, the Sixers would be finals contenders

    Jan 30, 2014, 12:29 PM EDT

    EvanTurner.Celtics

    Here’s the two stats that tell you just about everything you need to know about this Philadelphia 76ers season. 1. The Sixers’ record in games decided by five points or fewer: 8-2 2. The Sixers’ record in games decided by six points or more: 7-29 Going into this season I hoped for one thing above…

  17. Evan Turner hits buzzer-beater to beat Celtics in game nobody really wanted to win

    Jan 29, 2014, 10:49 PM EDT

    NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics

    Evan Turner, God bless him. Don’t talk to him about shot selection. Don’t talk to him about All-Star status. And definitely don’t talk to him about tanking. Say what you will about our oft-maligned small forward–and I’ve used dozens of thousands of words over the last four seasons saying just about everything about the man–but…

  18. The 76ers have lost three games in a row at home, so let’s talk draft targets

    Jan 28, 2014, 2:36 PM EDT

    NCAA Basketball: Battle4Atlantis-Kansas vs Wake Forest

    Evan Turner can talk about the Philadelphia 76ers trying to sneak into the playoffs all he wants, but even in the deplorable Eastern Conference, the Sixers are starting to slip well out of any kind of postseason contention. Their 14-31 record leaves them 4.5 games behind the Bobcats for the eighth seed in the playoffs,…

  19. What the hell has been going on with Sixers garbage time lately?

    Jan 20, 2014, 5:38 PM EDT

    NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Washington Wizards

    With their 107-99 loss to the Wizards in Monday’s MLK matinee–not really as close as that final score makes it look–the Philadelphai 76ers have lost three straight, and seven of eight. This is, of course, not particularly surprising: Despite winning four straight on the road prior to their recent cold spell, just about everything pointed…

  20. Jrue goes down: We mourn while selfishly celebrating (but not too much)

    Jan 10, 2014, 3:06 PM EDT

    jrue.holiday.mcw

    The injuries in the NBA are now piling up to near-historic proportions, particularly in the point-guard ranks, where the extended absences of Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Rajon Rondo, Chris Paul and Eric Bledsoe have robbed the NBA at least an eighth of its overall watchability. Now, the lame can add another newcomer to their ranks–Pelicans…

  21. Sixers get blown out by Minnesota, sky unfalls

    Jan 7, 2014, 12:07 PM EDT

    NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves at Philadelphia 76ers

    In the words of a man whose name is an anagram for “oral sex,” all we need is just a little patience. Philadelphia 76er fans were losing their collective minds a couple days ago after the team’s unexpected road upset in Portalnd, and not totally unreasonably so, considering the win was their fourth straight on…

  22. The Sixers just beat one of the NBA’s best teams. What the hell do we do now?

    Jan 5, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT

    NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Portland Trail Blazers

    You would think that watching the 76ers pull off a road upset of the 26-7 Portland Trail Blazers about an hour or so after the Eagles came up just short in Philadelphia’s first big four playoff game since May of 2012 would help ease the heartbreak of sports fans in the City of Brotherly Love,…

  23. Sixers stay undefeated in 2014, clinch not having worst record of all-time with 10th W

    Jan 2, 2014, 9:15 AM EDT

    NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Denver Nuggets

    Once upon a time, there were knowledgeable basketball folk who predicted the 2013-14 Philadelphia 76ers would present a legitimate challenge to the Sixer team of four decades earlier and their record for all-time futility in an 82-win season, when the squad went 9-73 back in ’73. As one of his Bold Predictions for the ’13-’14…

  24. Mission Accomplished: Sixers back at bottom of Atlantic Division standings

    Dec 15, 2013, 11:12 AM EDT

    NBA: Portland Trail Blazers at Philadelphia 76ers

    Well, it’s been a long road back to redemption since starting the season 3-0, but now it’s official: The Sixers are once again the worst. After back-to-back losses this weekend–making it six in a row, but who’s counting–to the Raptors and Blazers, and with a miracle win for the Knicks last night against Atlanta, the…

  25. Sixers-Nuggets preview, featuring the worst defensive play of the 76ers’ season

    Dec 7, 2013, 5:40 PM EDT

    QuadrupleTeam3

    Have we mentioned the Philadelphia 76ers are now officially as bad as we expected them to be this season? If not, well then: The Sixers are now officially as bad as we expected them to be this season. We’re 2-9 in our last 11 games, with the only two wins coming at home against the…