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Liberty Ballers Dec 10, 2017
Sixers Fall to Pelicans in Surprisingly Close Game

Sixers Fall to Pelicans in Surprisingly Close Game

The Sixers Found Themselves Without Robert Covington, T.J. McConnell, and Joel Embiid; and They Almost Squeaked Out a Win They almost, almoooost did it. The Sixers already knew they would be without Robert Covington and T.J. McConnell, but it wasn’t until about two minutes before the game that fans found out Joel Embiid would also not be playing due to lower back tightness. It seemed like the game was over before it started. But for the first time in a while, there was a valiant effort put forth by the Sixers bench, specifically the backup big men: Richaun Holmes and Trevor Booker....
Liberty Ballers Dec 7, 2017
Sixers-Lakers Game Thread

Sixers-Lakers Game Thread

Sixers look to bounce back from a tough loss to the Suns on primetime against the new look Lakers Game Time: 8:00 PM EST Watch: TNT Listen: 97.5 The Fanatic Projected Starters: Philadelphia 76ers PG: Jerryd Bayless SG: J.J. Redick SF: Robert Covington PF: Ben Simmons C: Joel Embiid Los Angeles Lakers PG: Lonzo Ball SG: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope SF: Brandon Ingram PF: Larry Nance Jr. C: Brook Lopez Injury Report: Sixers: Justin Anderson, T.J. McConnell, Markelle Fultz Lakers: none Referees: Tom Washington (#49), Bennie Adams (#47), Kevin Cutler (#34) Notes: -The Lakers are on a five game...
Liberty Ballers Dec 7, 2017
Jim Joins the 700 Level Show for Another Edition of ‘Truth or Adair’

Jim Joins the 700 Level Show for Another Edition of ‘Truth or Adair’

Will LeBron join the Sixers? Will Jah get traded? Is TJ safe? Wow, the super telegenic and not at all antsy-on-camera Jim Adair, me, showed up on Comcast NBCSportsPhiladelphia’s The 700 Level Show, playing yet another game of “Truth or Adair.” It’s a pun. Your browser does not support iframes. The questions include: Will Jahlil Okafor be traded this year? Could T.J. McConnell also be on the way out? Are Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid All-Stars? And, of course, a question on my favorite topic: Meat pies. The 700 Level Show airs in full tonight on NBCSportsPhiladelphia PLUS at 5:30,...
Liberty Ballers Dec 5, 2017
The Sixers are Showing How Much They Need T.J. McConnell

The Sixers are Showing How Much They Need T.J. McConnell

The backup point guard is more than just an energy player, but that’s what they’re missing the most. Though they’re 1-2 over their last three games, it almost feels as if the Sixers are 0-25. They took a double-digit loss against one of the league’s best teams, played poorly in a win against another one of the league’s best, and got whooped by one of the worst. They were also without T.J. McConnell for all of those games, and his absence was notable. He’s your backup point guard, sure. But he’s more than that. He’s the definition of an energy player. His grit (I hate that...
Liberty Ballers Nov 30, 2017
Report: T.J. McConnell’s MRI Showed No Damage

Report: T.J. McConnell’s MRI Showed No Damage

Last night, after running into a hard (but legal) pick, T.J. McConnell was visibly in pain and immediately called to be subbed out of the game. Although it looked bad, McConnell was later seen on the bench, in a hoodie, with ice packed on his shoulder. He’s out for tonight’s game in Boston, but according to Keith Pompey, an MRI showed no structural damage: I’m hearing TJ McConnell’s MRI revealed no damage. The #Sixers reserve PG is just extremely sore.— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) November 30, 2017 T.J. McConnell’s absence certainly didn’t help the Sixers’ efforts...
Liberty Ballers Nov 29, 2017
T.J. McConnell Leaves Game with Shoulder Injury, Will Not Return

T.J. McConnell Leaves Game with Shoulder Injury, Will Not Return

It sounds bad. In the third quarter of tonight’s game, T.J. McConnell ran into a hard screen (after taking a knee to the head earlier tonight) and immediately called for a sub and headed to the locker room. While he was moving his left arm, he held his shoulder and seemed to be in a lot of pain. Reporting just now, Molly Sullivan said she overheard TJ in the locker room saying he heard is shoulder crack. That’s bad. But TJ did return to the bench, though he is unavailable to return, with an ice wrap on his shoulder. Can’t keep the grit down.
Liberty Ballers Nov 25, 2017
Sixers Extinguish Magic Behind T.J. McConnell’s Big Night 130-111

Sixers Extinguish Magic Behind T.J. McConnell’s Big Night 130-111

McConnell put an imperius curse on the Magic, propelling the Sixers to their best offensive performance of the season It would have been reasonable to expect the Sixers to struggle without starting point guard Ben Simmons, the primary initiator of offense for most of the season. It may not have been reasonable to expect the Sixers to have their best offensive night of the season, led by T.J. McConnell’s 13 assists and J.J. Redick’s eight threes, scoring 130 points against the hapless Orlando Magic in a 19 point win. But it happened! McConnell and Redick were the primary co-conspirators,...
Liberty Ballers Nov 25, 2017
Sixers-Magic Game Thread

Sixers-Magic Game Thread

Can the Sixers win a home game against Orlando without Ben Simmons? Game TIme: 7 PM EST Watch/Listen: NBC Sports Philadelphia (Marc, Alaa, and Molly), 97.5 (Tom McGinnis) Location: The Center (I still remember) Projected Starters: Orlando Magic: PG - Elfrid Payton Wing - Evan Fournier Wing - Terrence Ross F - Aaron Gordon C - Nikola Vucevic Philadelphia 76ers: PG: T.J. McConnell Wing - J.J. Redick Wing - Robert Covington F - Dario Saric C - Joel Embiid As mentioned before, Ben Simmons is out with an elbow injury. Egads. Numbers of Note: 83: NBA games missed so far in Simmons’...
Liberty Ballers Nov 16, 2017
Sixers 115, Lakers 109: Joel Embiid is King of LA

Sixers 115, Lakers 109: Joel Embiid is King of LA

Joel Embiid scored 46, Ben Simmons flirted with a triple-double, T.J. McConnell low-fived Kevin Hart... last night was just your typical 115-109 victory for the Philadelphia 76ers. DEAR GOD. JOEL HANS EMBIID IS A BONA FIDE SUPERSTAR. THE STATS: Joel Embiid scored 46 points on 19 shots, had 15 rebounds, 7 assists, 7 blocked shots, only 2 turnovers, and was a +19 on the night. I mean. He took 19 shots! Nineteen!! Since the NBA started tracking blocked shots, Embiid is the only player ever to put up a line like that. With 7 minutes left, when he had “only” scored 36 points, the only two...

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